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Alison Krauss: “Down to the River to Pray”

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Alison Krauss’ version of this traditional was recorded for the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which was released in 2000. The great photos were added by a church in Alaska, according to the notes at YouTube.

All that you can really say is that Alison Krauss is special. Her bio suggests she’s been that way since she was a kid. Other songs — one is just better than the next — include covers of The Foundations’ Baby, Now that I’ve Found You, Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer and Little Feat’s Oh, Atlanta. Krauss teamed with Bonnie Raitt on the latter’s Papa Come Quick.

The instrumental Cluck Old Hen doesn’t seem to be the Taj Mahal song of the same name. In an unlikely collaboration, Krauss teamed last year with Robert Plant.

Yahoo! writer Jenny Tolley highlights what she feels are Alison Krauss and Union Station’s top ten songs.

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