Her mother, of German and Italian descent, is the daughter of artists. Krauss grew up in the college town of Champaign, home to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign She began studying classical violin at age 5 but soon switched to bluegrass.
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In addition, the track "That Kind of Love" was included in another episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Douglas had provided studio back-up to Krauss' records since 1987's Too Late to Cry.
Also in 2002 she played a singing voice for one of the characters in Eight Crazy Nights.
Lonely Runs Both Ways was released in 2004, and eventually became another Alison Krauss & Union Station gold certified album.
Krauss made her recording debut in 1985 on the independent album, Different Strokes, featuring her brother Viktor Krauss, Swamp Weiss and Jim Hoiles.
From the age of 12 she performed with bassist and songwriter John Pennell in a band called "Silver Rail", replacing their previous fiddler Andrea Zonn.
Late in the year, Krauss recorded with the band Shenandoah on its single "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart", which brought her to the country music Top Ten for the first time and it won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
Also in 1994, Krauss collaborated with Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash to contribute "Teach Your Children" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.
New Favorite was followed up by the double platinum double album Live in 2002 and a release of a DVD of the same live performance in 2003.
Both the album and the DVD were recorded during a performance at The Louisville Palace and both the album and DVD have been certified double Platinum.
and wrote some of her early work including the popular "Every Time You Say Goodbye".