Eclectic composer bassist Viktor Krauss was born in Champaign, IL, in 1969. His youth was spent listening to soundtracks and instrumental music, eventually leading him to the piano and trumpet. After witnessing the power and ominous presence of the double bass at a middle school concert, he found his true calling.  Krauss has been a presence in Nashville Tennessee since 1992 with nearly 500 album credits as either a bassist, composer/songwriter or producer.  On tour, Viktor has been Lyle Lovett’s primary bassist since 1994.  Other artists have included jazz great Bill Frisell, James Taylor. Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller. Tom Jones, Shawn Colvin, Carly Simon and Jerry Douglas. Chet Atkins, Larry Carlton, James Newton Howard, The Chieftains, Peter Rowan, Harry Connick Jr. J.D. Souther, Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, Dolly Parton, Rodney Crowell, Graham Nash, Michael McDonald, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rodgers, Jewel, and Michael Feinstein.   

In 2004, Krauss recorded his solo debut of his original compositions, Far From Enough featuring an all-star band consisting of Frisell, Jerry Douglas, Steve Jordan, and sister Alison (peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard® Contemporary Jazz Chart). Krauss' second album, II , which featured core band guitarist Dean Parks and drummer Matt Chamberlain emerged three years later. In 2016, Vignette. a duo recording of original material with lever harpist extraordinaire Maeve Gilchrist was released.  Primarily instrumental music, Viktor cites that this music could be described as “a soundtrack without a movie with nods to ‘classic rock’ and jazz.”  In 2006, Viktor was awarded a fellowship for the prestigious Film Composers’ Lab at the Sundance Institute and his film composing credits include music for directors Ken Burns and the late Robert Altman. Viktor's original compositions from his solo recordings are used daily as musical "bumpers" for National Public Radio between programs.







Viktor Krauss - bass, electric guitar, vocals

Jerry Douglas - slide guitars

Bill Frisell - electric and acoustic guitars

Steve Jordan - drums

Alison Krauss - vocals, viola


1. For a Good Time  2. Far From Enough  3. Overcast  4. Tended  5. Philo  6. Big Log

7. Playground  8. Grit Lap  9. Sunday Afternoon Man  10. Side Street  11. Here To Be Me

12. Split Window


produced by Lee Townsend


recorded and mixed by: Jason Lehning

recorded at Sound Emporium and Brown Cloud, Nashville

assistant engineer: Adam Munoz

mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound





Underscore "Charlie's Calling" Becky George 2016

Underscore "Ten Count" Becky George 2016

Compositions Placed in Ken Burns "Baseball: The Tenth Inning" 2011

Underscore for the "Oasis Project" Molly Secours 2011

Underscore for "Dodge City" Reed Ridley 2006

Compositions placed in "When I Hear Thunder"

Underscoring for the Robert Altman film Dr. T. and the Women, 2000, co-written with Lyle Lovett & Matt Rollings

"Moments Like This," 1996 song co-written with Michael McDonald for the motion-picture soundtrack Twister




2012-2017 Bassist for Selections from ABC “Nashville”

2007 – Charlie Wilson’s War – Directed by Mike Nichols

2006 -  RV  Entire soundtrack -  Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

2000 -  Where the Heart Is -  “What I Say” -  Directed by Matt Williams

1999 -  For the Love of the Game -  “The Summer Wind” -  Directed by Sam Raimi

1998 -  Hope Floats -  “Smile” -  Directed by Forest Whitaker

1997 -  The Apostle -  “Soldier in the Army of the Lord” -  Directed by Robert Duvall

1996 -  Dear God -  “Straighten Up and Fly Right” -  Directed by Garry Marshall



2017 "Love Comes Back Around" Jennifer Knapp

2017 "The Mirage"(Waking Up with You"- Single) Heather Bond

2017 “Vignette” Maeve Gilchrist/Viktor Krauss

2016 “Here and Now” Erin Bode

2015 “There’s Another Way to Where You’re Going” John Flanagan

2012 “Angel Snow” Angel Snow

2012 “Full Circle” Mile Willis

2011 “I Could Be You” Clay Evans

2010 “The Jack Silverman Ordeal” Jack Silverman

2004 “Tonight’s Top Story” Jason White

2000 “Shades of Gray” Jason White

1997 “Then and Now” Michael Johnson

1996 “Moments Like This” for Twister Alison Krauss and Union Station


Side Street - Viktor Krauss
00:00 / 00:00

VIKTOR KRAUSS - II (Back Porch Records 2007)


Viktor Krauss - bass, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboard instruments

Dean Parks - electric and acoustic guitars, cimbus Matt Chamberlain - drums, percussion, electronics


with special guests:

Shawn Colvin

Bill Frisell

Shweta Jhaveri

Lyle Lovett

Ben Taylor

    1.  Hop  2.  No Time Like the Past  3.  Eyes In the Heat  4.  When She's Dancing  5. Pinky       Ring 6.   (I Could Have Been Your) Best Friend  7.  Ecotone  8.  Shine On You Crazy Diamond

    9.   Dudeman  10.  Last Book


produced by Lee Townsend

Engineered by Jason Lehning 

Additional engineering by Adam Munoz, Fred Remmert, Jim Karwan

Assistant tracking engineer: Jason Mott

Assistant mixing engineer: Loredana Crisan

Mastering engineer: Greg Calbi

Recorded at Sunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles

Additional recording: Cedar Creek Studio, Austin; Fantasy Studio, Berkeley; KSPOR Traxx, Nashville; Emerald, Nashville; Sony Music Studios, New York

Mixed at San Francisco Soundworks, San Francisco

Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York

Hop - Viktor Krauss
00:00 / 00:00


Maeve Gilchrist and Viktor Krauss "Overcast"   The Studio Nashville 10-17-2017.


Maeve Gilchrist - Harp

Viktor Krauss - Viktor Krauss

Todd Lombardo - Guitar

Jordan Perlson - Drums

Bill Frisell - Masters of War

April 22, 2005 La Trastienda, Buenos Aires

w/Viktor Krauss~Bass,

Matt Chamberlain~Drums

Lyle Lovett - "Penguins"

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno November 1994

Jerry Douglas, "Tended"

Jerry Douglas with Viktor Krauss on Bass and Todd Lombardo on guitar.  Performing at Music City Roots at the Loveless Cafe Barn, Nashville Tn on October 27, 2010

Shawn Colvin - "I Don't Know You"  World Cafe Live 2011

Shawn Colvin, Buddy Miller and Viktor Krauss

Maeve Gilchrist/Viktor Krauss"Philo"

Maeve Gilchrist: harp

Viktor Krauss: bass

Jordan Perlson: drums

Todd Lombardo: guitar

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band- "That's Right, You're Not From Texas”

San Antonio - 1996


Viktor Krauss "Dudeman" Divadlo Stará střelnice

Robert Crawford (Drums), Todd Lombardo (A. Guitar) and Steve Walsh (E. Guitar) 5-31-10

Bill Frisell - Equinox

April 22, 2005 La Trastienda, Buenos Aires

w/Viktor Krauss~Bass,

Matt Chamberlain~Drums

Viktor Krauss "Here to Be Me" Divadlo Stará střelnice

Robert Crawford (Drums), Todd Lombardo (A. Guitar) and Steve Walsh (E. Guitar) 5-31-10


Viktor Krauss offers his services as instrumentalist, composer, producer, recording or film project with the aid of his personal studio.    For rates, availability, and technical questions inquire at vw1955@att.net.


Local 257 Nashville A. F. of M.

(615) 244-9514



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