Viktor Krauss, On His Own Bassist Viktor Krauss has appeared on the CDs of many Grammy nominees and Grammy-winning artists: Bill Frisell, Elvis Costello, Graham Nash, Dolly Parton. He plays on Lyle Lovett's My Baby Don't Tolerate, nominated this year for Best Country Album. But now Viktor Krauss gets to shine on his own with his debut solo CD Far From Enough. Krauss speaks with NPR's Brian Naylor.
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Viktor Krauss, On His Own

Bassist, Composer Goes Solo with 'Far From Enough'

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Bassist Viktor Krauss has worked with many Grammy nominees and Grammy-winning artists: Bill Frisell, Elvis Costello, Graham Nash, Dolly Parton.

The Illinois native — brother of Alison Krauss — made a significant contribution to Lyle Lovett's My Baby Don't Tolerate, nominated this year for Best Country Album, including a co-writing credit on "You Were Always There." Krauss has toured with Lovett for nearly a decade.

Three from 'Far from Enough'

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Listen "Here to Be Me"

Listen "Big Log" (vocals by Alison Krauss)

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But now Krauss has a chance to shine on his own. Far from Enough, just released on Nonesuch Records, is his first solo recording — though he gets some backup help from Frisell on guitar, Jerry Douglas on steel guitar and dobro and Steve Jordan on drums.

Sister Alison contributes wordless vocals — except for a mellow version of Robert Plant's "Big Log" — and plays the viola.

Krauss describes his CD as "a soundtrack without a movie," telling Naylor: "I've always kind of envisioned writing music with kind of a program involved."