R. Plant & A. Krauss

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Album
Raising Sand Set For Release October 23

Robert Plant by e.panagiotopoulou
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, two of the most distinctive vocalists in modern music, recently put the finishing touches on Raising Sand - their astonishing new collaborative album. Set for release October 23 on Rounder Records, the album was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with a stellar cast of supporting musicians, including guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist Dennis Crouch.

Plant is quick to define Raising Sand as more a band record than a duet record, as it puts the two great singers in a variety of vocal and instrumental combinations - from songs featuring two-part brother-style harmony throughout to solo features for each. Though they come from entirely different traditions, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant create an amazing, unexpected, and entirely new sound when they sing together.

The material, ingeniously chosen by Burnett with input from Plant and Krauss, is the crucial thread that guides Raising Sand and gives the two unique singers a forum to interact and equally express themselves. The songs range from modern to classic, consisting mostly of lesser-known material from a wide spectrum of great blues, R&B, country, and folk songwriters - Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Little Milton Campbell, Mel Tillis, Townes Van Zandt, Doc Watson, Phil and Don Everly among them. They also recorded the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page song "Please Read the Letter," from the 1998 album Walking Into Clarksdale. "You've got two singers that can handle a wide range of material - storytellers," explains Burnett. "So you look for the stories...."

Krauss explained that the genesis of Raising Sand came about seven years ago, when Plant called to say hello and that he'd love to work with her someday. A few years later, Plant made good on his word and called Krauss about participating in a Leadbelly tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they sang together for the first time. The collaboration revealed instant potential to the pair, and several years later they enlisted Burnett to help them realize a more full-scale collaboration.

Raising Sand track listing:

Rich Woman (Dorothy LaBostrie-McKinley Millet)
Killing the Blues (Rowland Salley)
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us (Sam Phillips)
Polly Come Home (Gene Clark)
Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On) (Phil and Don Everly)
Through the Morning, Through the Night (Gene Clark)
Please Read The Letter (Robert Plant-Michael Lee-Jimmy Page-Charlie Jones)
Trampled Rose (Tom Waits-Kathleen Brennan)
Fortune Teller (Naomi Neville)
Stick With Me Baby (Mel Tillis)
Nothin' (Townes Van Zandt)
Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson (Milt Campbell)
Your Long Journey (A.D. Watson and Rosa Lee Watson)


[Published on: 8/6/07]

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whodoyoudo Mon 8/6/2007 12:54PM
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looks cool

anyone heard any of this

tekla Mon 8/6/2007 12:56PM
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With that kind of talent it can't help to be very good. I'm looking forward to it, the god of rock and the queen of bluegrass fiddle with Norman Blake??? Produced by one of the best around? I want it now!

roberto767 Mon 8/6/2007 01:21PM
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I heard that they also cover the Phish song "If I Could."

thewormisgod Mon 8/6/2007 01:31PM
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nice to see plant give CREDIT to the songs he's covering.

PCPrabbit Mon 8/6/2007 01:49PM
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haha, i feel what you're saying about credit. i always had the (unfounded) theory that it was their management's idea that they should take credits for the dixon etc. songs that they grabbed. it's pretty crazy how many songs they "borrowed" from.

G$Love starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/6/2007 04:52PM
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Holy smokes, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss with T-Bone Burnett producing and Marc Ribot on guitar, sounds like one of the best collaborations I've heard of...can't wait to hear this record.

If any of you haven't checked out T-Bone Burnett's recent, The True False Identity, I highly recommend it, Marc Ribot lays down some excellent guitar work on T-Bone's gritty americana songs. They killed it live at Bonnaroo this year as well.

Window starstarstarstar Mon 8/6/2007 07:18PM
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thewormisgod :: 8/6/2007 1:31 PM
nice to see plant give CREDIT to the songs he's covering.

Move on with an original comment (yours has been posted SO many times.)

willm1 Mon 8/6/2007 09:25PM
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that is very very intersting. cant wait to hear this. but i am going to have to hear it before i buy it. . .

cocheese Tue 8/7/2007 06:17AM
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there's has been rumors of this circiling for some time around Nashville. several people have seen Plant coming and going from the Ryman, soooo it's kinda old news here. Krauss is scheduled to end her tour at the Ryman.....hmmmmmmm........

ajerk Tue 8/7/2007 08:20AM
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thumbs up for the "if i could"

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 12:15PM
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Ribot, Plant and Krauss..? HOLY SHIT!