Windy City Alison Krauss Capitol/EMI New label, new line-up, same old magic. After decades with Rounder Records, bluegrass queen Alison Krauss has moved to Capitol Records. For her first Capitol release she has built a moving album on the premise that she wanted to explore songs from her parents’ youth. With little input from her regular band, the starstudded Union Station, Krauss and producer Buddy Cannon, who has overseen the recent spectacular run of Willie Nelson albums, have called on Nashville’s A-list talent and crafted a collection that highlights the beauty of her voice in a classic country setting. The Osborne Brothers’ It’s Goodbye and So Long to You is given a horn arrangement and reimagined as Merle Haggard may have done it, while Nelson’s I Never Cared for You is refreshed via a lazy Latin rhythm. She recasts as her own half-forgotten songs either written or popularised by the likes of Brenda Lee ( Losing You and All Alone Am I), Bill Monroe ( Poison Love) and Roger Miller ( River in the Rain), but what she manages with material that is almost too well known is revelatory. You Don’t Know Me has been treated to masterful readings by, among others, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and Nelson, yet Krauss makes it seem you are hearing it for the first time. Where the previously mentioned singers offer a world-weariness, the purity of her voice forever places her as an innocent in the centre of it. Her reading of Gentle on My Mind reaps similar rewards. That song’s title could not be more apt for the enduring power of country music’s eternal ingenue.