Release date: April 2011
Paper Airplane is an album by Alison Krauss and Union Station. It was released on April 12, 2011 and marks Krauss' fourteenth album. The album includes covers of songs by Jackson Browne ("My Opening Farewell") and Richard Thompson ("Dimming of the Day").
The album was produced by Krauss and Union Station, with studio legend Mike Shipley engineering and mixing.
Making Paper Airplane was a revelatory experience for the band. "Whatever formula we thought there was doesn't exist," Krauss acknowledges. "It disappeared, especially this last time out. You can't trust your method; you can't rely on a method. The only thing you can do is record things that move you—that have a connection with you—and to represent yourself truthfully. Things have to be true that I sing or I can't do it. Whether I write them or not, they have to be true for me to say it, and for the guys to play it. The only recipe is if it feels true, and true may be incredibly sad. But that's the part that feels good, because it's truthful. It might not be true for anybody else, but it is for us. That's the recipe."