Robert Plant records, tours again, but noto with Krauss
Friday, March 26, 2010
– Robert Plant's rootsy ways apparently did not end with Alison Krauss because the former Led Zep lead singer assembled a stellar backing band including Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin to record a new CD and will take it on the road in July.
Plant will launch a 12-city North American tour, starting July 13 in Memphis through July 31 in Florida. The first leg will be followed by further dates in the fall and will preview material from a new album. The backing Band of Joy includes Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals; including co-producer Miller, guitar/vocals. The album is set for release on Rounder, late summer/early fall on which the band also plays.
"It's been a blast working on these new songs...and I'm enjoying such creativity and vitality," said Plant, who previously recorded "Raising Sand" with Krauss and toured with her. "It's been a remarkable change of direction for all of us and as a group we all seem to have developed a new groove."
In recent weeks Plant has been in the studio working on the planned release.
Tour dates are:
13 Memphis, TN The Orpheum Theater
15 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall
16 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
18 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino Amphitheater
20 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater
21 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
23 Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Hall
24 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
26 Austin, TX Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
28 Mobile, AL The Saenger Theatre
30 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
31 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater
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