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Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

Alison Krauss goes solo again on 'Windy City'

If Alison Krauss has learned one thing along the way to becoming the musician laden with more Grammy Awards than any other woman in pop history, it’s to trust her instincts.

So when her intuition told her it was time to step away from her longtime band Union Station to make only her second solo album in two decades, the just-released “Windy City,” she went with it.

She also embraced her gut feeling that the project should not only center on songs of romantic longing and heartache, but a very specific strain of what might be called second-generation melancholy.

That’s why she homed in for the most part on songs written before she was born 45 years ago in Decatur,...

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