Alison Brown (*1962), Tennessee, USA

Education
1980 went to Harvard university - history and literature.
After graduating from Harvard, she earned an MBA from UCLA.

Music
In the summer of 1978, Brown traveled across the country with Duncan and his father, playing at festivals and contests.
In 1982, Brown helped to reunite the Northern Lights band after 5 years of their hiatus, as she become their full member until 1984.
Brown worked for two years with Smith Barney in San Francisco.
In 1987, Alison Krauss asked Brown to join her band, Union Station. Brown spent three years with Krauss.
In 1992, Brown became the band leader for Michelle Shocked.

Discography
I've Got That Old Feeling (1990)
Recorded under Vanguard Records:  
Simple Pleasures (1990)  
Twilight Motel (1992)  
Look Left (1994) Replay (2002)
Quartet (1996)  
Best of the Vanguard Years (2002)  
Vanguard Visionaries (2007)

Recorded under Compass Records:
Out of the Blue (1998)
Fair Weather (2000)
Stolen Moments (2005)
Evergreen (2008)
The Company You Keep (2009)

Awards
She won first place at the Canadian National Banjo Championship, which helped her land a one-night gig at the Grand Ole Opry.
The 1990 album I've Got That Old Feeling, which Brown played banjo on, won a Grammy award.
She participated in Alison Krauss's Grammy-winning album I've Got That Old Feeling Received a Grammy nomination for her own recording, Simple Pleasures (1990).
In 1991, she was named International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year.
In collaboration with Béla Fleck, she won the 2000 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
In 2001 she won a Grammy, in the Best Country Instrumental category, for her 2000' album Fair Weather.
In 2007, Brown was honored as one of Irish America magazine's Stars of the South.

Other activities
In the early 1990s, Brown and her husband, bass player Garry West, started their own record label, Small World Music. This company eventually led to the launch of Compass Records in 1995, an internationally recognized label, which has such artists as Victor Wooten, Colin Hay, Catie Curtis, Lúnasa, Martin Hayes, Jeff Coffin, Russ Barenberg, Darol Anger and others.

Links
www.compassrecords.com
www.allmusic.com
http://news.harvard.edu
http://compassrecords.com/alison-brown

Alison Brown (*1962), Tennessee, USA