Alison Krauss collaborates with Robert Plant on new CD
Sunday, August 5, 2007
– Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are releasing an album together, "Raising Sand," out Oct. 23 on Rounder. The disc was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist Dennis Crouch.
According to Rounder, Plant says the CD is 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.
The material was chosen by Burnett with input from Plant and Krauss. The songs range from modern to classic, consisting mostly of lesser-known material from a wide spectrum of 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," said Burnett. "So you look for the stories..."
Krauss said that the genesis of "Raising Sand" came about seven years ago, when Plant called to say hello and that he would like 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.
Songs on the album are:
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)
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