Alison Krauss at the White House

Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley at the White House - photo from The Washington Post, Marvin JosephThis morning’s edition of the Washington Post has a review and pictures taken at yesterday evening’s hour-long concert at the White House featuring Alison Krauss & Union Station, Charley Pride and Brad Paisley.

The president began the evening by reflecting on country music’s impact. “Now I know folks think that I’m a city boy,” he said to laughter, “but I do appreciate listening to country music because, like all Americans, I do appreciate the broad and indelible impact that country has had on our nation.”

Accompanied by her band, Union Station, Krauss led off with a set that included a stirring “Man of Constant Sorrow” and an appropriately haunting “Ghost in This House.”

The article also covered the afternoon workshop with music students selected from all over the country.

As did a similar story is in The Tennessean newspaper of Nashville:

Paisley also offered props to Krauss, saying, “She is my favorite country singer, by far.” Though when a student asked the musicians to name a country singer they think is particularly cute, he declined to mention Krauss, instead deadpanning, “Jimmy Dickens.”

And Krauss responded to one students’ question about the price of fame by nodding and saying the chief difference is that “You can’t go out without a shower anymore. I had to go get my license renewed and the lady did my new driver’s license and she said, ‘I can’t believe you go out looking like that.'”

The appearance of Krauss and Brad Paisley was part of the President and Mrs Obama’s effort to showcase American culture.

We will have some more personal coverage of the White House event throughout the day today.

HT: Katy Daley

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Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.