Alison Krauss and Robert Plant are an unlikely duo. Krauss’ background is in bluegrass while most know Plant as the vocalist for Led Zeppelin. However, they proved that opposites attract when they came together for 2007’s Raising Sand. Their vocal styles complement one another. At the same time, they are both expert songwriters and performers.
That album netted six Grammy Awards as well as Platinum status. Soon, we will see if lightning strikes twice.
Fourteen years after their successful release, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant hit the studio once again. Their follow-up to Raising Sand, titled Raise the Roof, hits shelves on November 19 via Rounder Records.
As with Raising Sand, Krauss and Plant have enlisted the help of legendary producer T Bone Burnett to helm the boards. Additionally, Burnett assembled a group of musicians from his impressive stable of session players. Among those musicians are guitarists Marc Ribot and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos). Alison Krauss’ brother, Viktor, will play bass on the album, according to Variety.
Raise the Roof will be made up mostly of covers. However, it won’t just be Alison Krauss and Robert Plant playing the hits of other musicians. Instead, they are covering deep cuts from well-known artists. For instance, they will cover Betty Harris’ “Trouble with My Lover,” “The Price of Love,” by the Everly Brothers, and Merle Haggard’s “Going Where the Lonely Go,” among others. Additionally, the album will feature “High and Lonesome,” penned by Plant and Burnett.
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About the upcoming album, Alison Krauss said, “We wanted it to move. We brought other people in, other personalities within the band, and coming back together again in the studio brought a new intimacy to the harmonies.”
Robert Plant weighed in on the track selection for the album. He said, “You hear something and you go, ‘Man, listen to that song, we got to sing that song!’”
About being in the studio with Krauss and the rest of the Raise the Roof crew, Plant said, “It’s a vacation really – the perfect place to go that you least expected to find.”
Alison Krauss and Robert Plan to tour in support of Raise the Roof in 2022. However, they won’t announce the dates until later this year.
If you’re looking forward to the new album but don’t want to wait to see what kind of magic Krauss and Plant are cooking up in the studio, you’re in luck. The first single from Raise the Roof dropped today. It is “Can’t Let Go,” by Randy Weeks.
Lucinda Williams included the track on her 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Williams earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Can’t Let Go.” Check out Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s cover below.