Music match: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, country's Alison Krauss
She's a little bit country and he's a whole lotta rock and roll, but Alison Krauss and Robert Plant have enjoyed a longstanding partnership in music.
Their most recent album, "Raise the Roof," produced by T Bone Burnett, came 14 years after the release of their acclaimed "Raising Sand" in 2007. Plant is legendary from his time as frontman for Led Zeppelin, and Krauss is one of country music's most honored artists.
Between albums, the two had been stockpiling songs they could sing together, including "Can't Let Go" (which Lucinda Williams wrote), "Trouble With My Lover" (Betty Harris), "Searching for My Love" (Bobby Moore), "It Don't Bother Me" (Bert Jansch), "Go Your Way" (Anne Briggs), "Going Where the Lonely Go" (Merle Haggard), "Last Kind Words Blues" (Geeshie Wiley) and "Quattro (World Drifts In)" (Calexico).
There's also a Plant-Krauss original, "High and Lonesome."
"There was so much enthusiasm, excitement and adrenaline that it would have been folly if we didn't keep going," Plant said. "I knew what we could share. In the length of time that I've been making records, this is very rewarding, but a very unusual place to find myself."
Krauss said the two took a different approach with "Raise the Roof."
She said: "We brought other people in, other personalities with the band and coming back together again in the studio brought a new intimacy to the harmonies."
The completion of the album came just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the music touring industry, and the two had to wait 18 months to do shows. They're back and will perform at McMenamins Edgefield in a sold-out show, Saturday, Aug. 27. (There could be tickets available on the secondary market, of course).
Just think: Robert Plant once was an iconic singer with a legendary rock and roll band. Talk about musical growth through the years: Plant has evolved, and even once appeared at the Waterfront Blues Festival.
He said, of the Krauss pairing: "It's such a far cry from everything I've done before. I love the whole kaleidoscope of music that I've explored."
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