Alison Krauss soared to No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and Bluegrass chart with Windy City, her first solo studio album of new material in more than 17 years. According to Nielsen Music, Windy City sold 38,000 equivalent albums (36,000 in pure sales) last week during its release. The new album also debuted at No. 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Windy City features Alison, a 27-time Grammy winner, performing 10 classic songs she selected with producer Buddy Cannon.
Windy City Track List
- “Losing You” – Written by Pierre Havet, Jean Renard and Carl Sigman. Originally recorded by Brenda Lee for her 1963 album, Let Me Sing.
- “It’s Goodbye and So Long to You” (background vocals by Dan Tyminski and Hank Williams Jr.) – Written by Raymond Couture and Harold J. Breau in 1952. Originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers with Mac Wiseman, it appears on their 1979 collection, The Essential Bluegrass Album.
- “Windy City” (background vocals by Suzanne Cox and Jamey Johnson) – Written by Pete Goble and Bobby Osborne. Originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers for their 1972 album Bobby and Sonny.
- “I Never Cared for You” (background vocals by Suzanne Cox and Sidney Cox) – Written and originally recorded by Willie Nelson in 1964 as a single for Monument Records.
- “River in the Rain” – Written by Roger Miller for the 1985 Broadway musical, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- “Dream of Me” (background vocals by Buddy Cannon and Melonie Cannon) – Written by Buddy Cannon, Jimmy Darrell & Raleigh Squires. Was a top 10 single on Vern Gosdin’s 1981 album, Today My World Slipped Away. Alison originally heard the song performed live by Jim & Jesse McReynold’s in the early ’80s.
- “Gentle on My Mind” (background vocals by Teddy Gentry and Suzanne Cox) – Written and recorded by John Hartford for his 1967 album Earthwords & Music. It was popularized by Glen Campbell as the title track of his Grammy Award-winning 1967 Capitol Records album.
- “All Alone Am I” – Originally written by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis for the film The Island of the Brave, the song was later given English lyrics by Arthur Altman and popularized by Brenda Lee as the title track of her 1962 album.
- “Poison Love” (background vocals by Dan Tyminski and Jamey Johnson) – Written by Elmer Laird. Originally recorded by Bill Monroe as the B-side to his “On the Old Kentucky Shore” single released in 1951.
- “You Don’t Know Me” – Written by Cindy Walker & Eddy Arnold. Originally recorded by Arnold in 1955 as a single, it was later popularized by Ray Charles on his 1962 album, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.