Plant, Krauss to release album this autumn
Mon Aug 6 [Associated Press]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than a few people in town
wondered what was up when Robert Plant was
spotted in recent months at the Grand Ole Opry
and at the popular bluegrass club The Station Inn.
The former Led Zeppelin frontman's album with
bluegrass star Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand,"
will be released Oct. 23 on Rounder Records, the label has announced.
Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles and
produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds the
two interpreting lesser-known material from
blues, R&B, country and folk songwriters
including Mel Tillis, Townes Van Zandt, Tom
Waits, Gene Clark, Doc Watson, Little Milton Campbell and the Everly
There's also "Please Read the Letter," a song
written by Plant and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy
Page from their 1998 album, "Walking Into Clarksdale."
"You've got two singers that can handle a wide
range of material ? storytellers. So you look for
the stories," Burnett said in the release.
Krauss and Plant first sang together a few years
ago at a tribute concert for blues great
Leadbelly at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Supporting musicians on "Raising Sand" include
guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake,
multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, drummer Jay
Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch.