Sunday, August 14, 2011

Alison Krauss: Like Hate Love

The Challenge: From Dr Randi Thompson, Abq Jew's friend and bandmate in the Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band:  Pick three songs performed by Alison Krauss. One that you like. One that you hate. One that you love.

Song That I Like:  This turned out to be relatively easy, since Abq Jew likes just about anything AKUS (that's Alison Krauss & Union Station) does.  Picking just one was the only hard part.  Man of Constant Sorrow was right up there - but that's Dan Tyminski singing, not Alison.  Then there was Please Read The Letter, Alison's duet with Robert Plant. And The Lucky One. But Abq Jew finally settled on Oh Atlanta, for no reason other than that it's just a fun song.

Song That I Hate:  Although Abq Jew likes just about anything AKUS does, there is one (and only one) song he just doesn't like.  He didn't even have to think about this one: Let Me Touch You For A While.

Song That I Love:  This turned  out to be remarkably easy.  Whiskey Lullaby is one of the best songs Abq Jew can recall (which, of course, leaves the door open for songs he can't recall).  As the inimitable Web resource Wikipedia says:
"Whiskey Lullaby" is the title of a country song composed by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall. It was first recorded by Brad Paisley as a duet with Alison Krauss on Paisley's 2003 album Mud on the Tires ... The song won the 2005 Country Music Association Song of the Year award. It is one of Paisley's three songs certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ....
You can listen to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss perform Whiskey Lullaby live here.  But please don't - because the song was interpreted - by actor / director Rick Schroder - into one of the best  (country) music videos ever made.  Yes, folks, that's the same Ricky Schroder who starred in Silver Spoons - wasn't that just yesterday?

The full length music video is set in the World War II era, and features Rick Schroder and Marisa Petroro.  It was filmed on June 6 and 7, 2004, in Nashville, and  premiered on June 30, 2004.  The little girl in the video is played by Rick Schroder's daughter.

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