The bright lights of Chicago take center stage in a new song from Alison Krauss. A cover of the Osborne Brothers’ wistful lament, “Windy City” is the title track of Krauss’ forthcoming solo album, due out February 17th. Listen to the song above.
Krauss’ agile voice and the twangy, fleshed-out arrangement make for an emotional one-two punch of a song, true to the barroom ballad feel of the bluegrass original without sounding derivative. “We liked ‘Windy City’ because it didn’t tell us if it was sad or happy,” Krauss explains in a trailer for the album. “We liked it because it didn’t tell us anything.”
Windy City is Krauss’ first solo album in 17 years. She cites songwriter and producer Buddy Cannon as her primary inspiration for putting together the album, which reimagines a number of classic country and bluegrass songs.
Krauss released another tune – a cover of Brenda Lee’s 1963 hit “Losing You” – earlier this year. She also shared an album trailer that features recording footage, previews of several of Windy City’s new songs, and interviews with the revered singer and her band members.