Twenty years after Tony Rice called on resophonic guitar virtuoso Jerry Douglas and friends to record Gordon Lightfoot’s “Shadows” with him, bluegrass heartthrob Alison Krauss decided to record this magnificent song as well. She assembled her Union Station bandmates — Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, Barry Bales and Douglas — to back her on it.
Rice must have had something to do with inspiring her to record the song. Paying tribute to Rice in her own way, she invited him to sit in and help out on guitar.
All about aging and lost love, this magnificent song has never sounded better, or more poignant. Here it is again, as the Twin Cities’ own Pete Lee likes to say, “once more once.”
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