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Old 10-13-07, 03:00 PM
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Robert Plant/Alison Krauss - Raising Sand 10/23


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Plant, Krauss Cover Everlys, Waits On New Album by Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss put their collaborative stamp on an eclectic repertoire of material on "Raising Sand," due Oct. 23 via Rounder. Among the tracks appearing on the T Bone Burnett-produced project are the Everly Brothers' "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)," Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's "Trampled Rose" and "Please Read the Letter," first released on the 1998 Plant/Jimmy Page album "Walking Into Clarksdale."

Plant and Krauss first performed together in 2004 at a Leadbelly tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it took several years before they found time to team up in the studio with Burnett in Nashville and Los Angeles.

Among the musicians contributing to the project are guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch.

As previously reported, "Raising Sand" will be released just ahead of a Led Zeppelin retrospective and a deluxe reissue of the live album and film "The Song Remains the Same."

Here is the track list for "Raising Sand" (with songwriter):
"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)<HR>Plant, Krauss Get Creative On Burnett-Produced Album by Mikael Wood

Robert Plant shocked many by agreeing to play a one-off show with Led Zeppelin in November in London. But he isn't particularly concerned that his fans might be taken by surprise by "Raising Sand," his new collaboration with bluegrass bigwig Alison Krauss, due Oct. 23 from Rounder. "If people have enjoyed my career, then they'll know that not a single record that I've made since 1968 has had anything to do with the one before," the former Led Zeppelin singer says via phone from his home in England.

Instead, what vexes Plant is the idea that "Raising Sand" will be the victim of the D-word. "The worst thing in the world is to say, 'Hey, these guys are making a duet album,' " he says. "A duet is normally something that's kind of sugarcoated and has a kind of saccharine quality to it. This is nothing like that. These are visitations, really, where Alison will bolster me or I'll augment her. [Making this album] was like opening the bottle and out pops the genie that nobody expected."

If that sounds like big talk, the album's big sound backs Plant up. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the 13-track collection finds the two singers applying their considerable interpretative skills to a shrewdly selected set of American roots-music gems, including Gene Clark's "Polly," the Everly Brothers' "Gone, Gone, Gone" and "Trampled Rose" by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. The sound is dark and groove-oriented, with rich guitar work by Marc Ribot and Norman Blake.

As Plant suggests, he and Krauss don't simply harmonize; rather, their vocals engage in a loose back-and-forth that creates what Plant calls "a sort of musical landscape."

The two singers met and performed together for the first time in 2004 at a Leadbelly tribute at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inspired by an "inquisitivity about what it would sound like to blend two radically different vocal styles together," Plant suggested they collaborate. "I had no preconceived ideas about what this record would be," Krauss says with a laugh. She suggested Burnett as a producer. "Robert was like, 'Yeah!,' " she recalls.


Krauss says "Raising Sand" started taking shape once Burnett began sending material to her and Plant for their consideration. "I remember thinking, 'Oh, my goodness, look what we have here,' " she says. ("I came up with some ideas but Alison said I needed to be darker than that," Plant admits.)

Burnett says his criteria for selecting songs was simple: "I wanted to find stuff I could imagine them killing." The producer says they steered clear of chestnuts, preferring to tackle lesser-known songs that forced Plant and Krauss to venture beyond their comfort zones. "Robert's interest is primarily in Delta blues, and Alison's is mostly Appalachian music. So my tendency was to give him the Appalachian stuff and her the Delta blues. By the end of the record, Robert's doing a Doc Watson tune, 'Year Long Journey.' He's never gotten close to that kind of country music before."

Rounder executive VP Sheri Sands says, "Both of these artists have always shown a willingness to expand the boundaries of what they do. With this album, they've created something really special that's really hard to define." That challenge doesn't worry Sands from a marketing standpoint, though. "The response has been positive from every account: mass merchants, indies, chains. I don't remember the last time there was this much enthusiasm across the board for a project," she says.

The first phase of Rounder's radio plan is to launch the record at triple-A, noncommercial, college, rock and NPR stations. "Once we go into those areas, we'll look to expand, whether it be country or hot AC," she says. "We're looking at all possibilities."

Rounder plans to produce a video from the record, possibly for the song "Gone, Gone, Gone." "We're also talking about filming an episode of CMT's 'Crossroads' in October," she adds. CMT senior VP of music strategy Jay Frank says, "Our audience is looking forward to seeing what this collaboration holds, and we're enthusiastically awaiting the first video they will create."

Plant, Krauss and Burnett plan to support "Raising Sand" on the road, perhaps with a tour next summer. (Plant declined to answer questions about potential further activity in the Zeppelin camp.) "We'll definitely be doing stuff not on the record," Burnett says. "There's too many fun possibilities not to." Plant adds that he absolutely intends to make another record with Krauss: "Listen to how good it is. You wouldn't want to say goodbye to that quickly, would you?"<HR>
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Looking forward to this!!!!

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I've only heard "Gone, Gone, Gone..." but I like it.
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wow, plant looks pretty good there!
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Wow, I love them both so I'll have to check this out.

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This was leaked a while back. I'll be buying for sure.

It's pretty mellow and laid back, but really really good.

I never would've imagined it, but their voices really compliment each other really well and fit together perfectly.
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This is a freakin' fantastic recording. What a great idea!
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Yeah, this one's getting high marks from just about everyone (Plant fans, Krauss fans, etc.). I've gotta pick it up. Thanks for the reminder.
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I've been listening to this recording in my car lately, great album. Best new album I've heard in a while.
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picked this one up recently and heard it today and upon the first listen, i think it's really good. will be giving another spin soon, right after i am done with the Brothers of a Feather disc
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Reminder: CMT Crossroads With Plant, Krauss Debuts Feb. 11

CMT Crossroads: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will debut on CMT on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Selections in the show include "Please Read the Letter," "Rich Woman" and "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" from last year's album collaboration, Raising Sand. In addition, they perform the Alison Krauss & Union Station song, "The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn," as well as the Led Zeppelin songs "Black Dog" and "When the Levee Breaks." T Bone Burnett, who produced Raising Sand, is featured as a special guest. The show was taped in October near Nashville.

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