We have to give Taylor Swift some major props. During Wednesday (Nov. 6) night's 2013 CMA Awards, she performed a lovely acoustic version of her hit song "Red." It was pretty and quiet and super amazing. What made it super amazing?
Taylor had probably The Ultimate Country Music Backup Band ever. Ever. And to have the ability to have this kind of band backing her up at her age, and at this early place in her career in Nashville is pretty amazing. Where does she go from here? Seriously?
Alison Krauss - Lead singer of Alison Krauss and Union Station as well as her albums with rock superstar Robert Plant and half of the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.
Vince Gill - With over 40 charted country singles in 30 years of music-making, Vince Gill has earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist. He's Vince Gill. Vince. Gill. And his performance at George Jones' funeral earlier this year will break your heart into a million pieces.
And one of his classics:
Sam Bush - Perhaps the best American bluegrass mandolin player, Sam Bush is the creator of what is called "Newgrass." His associated acts include New Grass Revival, the Sam Bush Band (of course), and Bela Fleck.
Eric Darken - One of the best country percussionists, Eric has recorded with the likes of Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Willie freaking Nelson.
Edgar Meyer - If you need a country bass player, you call Edgar Meyer. He's worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, James Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Alison Krauss.
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