With 20 Grammys long before the age of 36 it's no surprise Alison Krauss has a queue of pop singers wanting to duet with her.

This time it's John Waite - former singer for seventies English band The Babys.

Krauss includes their duet, from a new Waite compilation disc - also a collection.

Her 12th album reprises many songs that previously appeared on movie soundtracks diverse as Cold Mountain, Prince of Egypt and O Brother, Where Art Thou.

But the smart sequencing ensures four of five new songs entree the 16-track disc and Don Williams tune Lay Down Beside Me, also featuring Waite, is the finale.

Krauss is not only a mistress of cross genre music but gender reversal when she opens with You're Just A Country Boy - originally a hit for Texan Williams as I'm Just A Country Boy.

Alison recently boosted the coffers of trucking troubadour Robert Lee Castleman by cutting his songs.

This time it's fellow bluegrass singer Julie Lee whose royalties stream flows from use of her tunes Jacob's Dream and Away Down The River among the new cuts.

Although this is marketed as a Krauss disc, instead of a Union Station collaboration, band members perform on several tracks.

Jerry Douglas adds lap steel to Sarah Siskind's Simple Love and Away Down The River and dobro on Sawing On The Strings, one of the few songs to feature Krauss's fiddle playing.

And brother Viktor, of Lyle Lovett's band, plays bass on Get Me Through December - not to be mistaken for Merle Haggard's classic Help Me Make It Through December.

The song, featuring Natalie McMaster on fiddle, was originally on McMaster's 1999 album In My Hands.

So there's the history - now, is purchase, necessary?

Well, Alison's dad phoned her on his first listening and asked if the bleak mood was going to lighten up.

Well, his prayers were answered when he heard Krauss-James Taylor duet on How's The World Treating You from excellent Louvin Brothers tribute disc Livin', Lovin' Leavin'.

That lifeboat is pure country bliss with Brad Paisley on Bill Anderson-Jon Randall tune Whiskey Lullaby featuring harmony vocals by Dan Tyminski.

Krauss adds viola and Douglas dobro on the U.S. radio magnet - an acoustic oasis in the mainstream.

Maybe Krauss will ignite interest in her new pet Don Williams who once graced local radio with Bob McDill epic Good Ol Boys Like Me.

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