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  posted on 2/5/2009 at 04:57 PM
Robert Plant was spotted making the rounds last week at a Grammy nominees party in Nashville. What's more, the Led Zeppelin singer has been witnessed all around the city as of late, and local station WKRN-TV has reported that Plant is renting a house for a number of months.

The reason for his prevalence in Music City is sure to bother some Zeppelin fans, but Plant has indeed revealed that he is working on a follow-up to 'Raising Sand' with collaborator Alison Krauss. Their first effort together has success written all over it, being nominated for five Grammy awards at the February 8th ceremony in Los Angeles.

"We've got a whole bunch of songs, and we're just going, ‘Does that work and does that work?’" Plant told the United Kingdom’s Absolute Radio. "So we're trying it out again."

One possible title being floated right now is 'A Gated Community', as "it’s like being in a looney bin," Plant said. He also added that they were nowhere near a final decision on the title.

Though Plant's reluctance to join with his Zeppelin bandmates for a reunion tour has irked many rock fans, there is cause for excitement, particularly among fans of Americana. Critics have hailed the effort between bluegrass singer/fiddle player Alison Krauss and the gruff-voiced Plant.

The lead single off 'Raising Sand', "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)," earned a Grammy last year, while the CD is up for Album of the Year at this year's Grammy awards.

"I can see why they would [be surprised]," Alison observed. "I remember when Robert called about wanting to record. I thought, ‘Yes, that sounds like a great idea. What are we going to do?’ I mean, I can see why people would wonder what was going on, and our attitude when we were recording was, ‘Let's go in and see what it’s like, and after three days, if something doesn't turn into something, then we'll say it was a nice try.’ I mean, I think that's what makes it surprising and interesting for Robert and myself is that we didn't know what it was going to be like either."

The pair also could be in for a big night at the Grammy Ceremony. Krauss has won 21 awards in her career, more than any other woman in the Recording Academy's history, while Plant has just two: one for last year's "Gone Gone Gone" and one that he earned in the late-90s with Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page.

"The award that I'm most proud of [is] actually working with this woman here," Robert told Absolute Radio. "It's about being happy, you know. You can have a lot of gold stuff and silver stuff and whatever it is, but you end up putting them out of the way. The achievement is really to do something I never imagined and to be schooled into getting it right. And we both taught each other enough about swagger and precision and all that stuff, so this is the great one really."



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  posted on 2/5/2009 at 05:25 PM
Glad to hear that Plant and Allison Krauss are working together again. "Raising Sand" gets a lot of quality time in my CD player.
 

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  posted on 2/5/2009 at 05:26 PM
That is good news!
 

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  posted on 2/5/2009 at 05:33 PM
I think Raising Sand should win album of the year. Best record I have heard in a long time.

glad the journey continues.

 

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  posted on 2/5/2009 at 05:46 PM
These 2 are great together! I'll admit, when I first heard they were doing a recording together I didn't get it but after hearing them it makes perfect (and beautiful) sense!

 

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  posted on 2/5/2009 at 05:46 PM
My brother has seen Plant in the Nashville area a few months ago. He and Krauss were introduced by Billy Bob Thorton and did a song or two together at the Levon Helm show this last fall at the Ryman, then hung out at the soundboard. He seems to enjoy the Nashville scene. I liked their first CD. Would listen to another.

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  posted on 2/6/2009 at 09:59 AM
Robert is enjoying Nashville very much. He's been a frequent visitor at the Bluebird Cafe, which is a writer's venue. He is enthused about the songwriting community here. When he and Allison are rehearsing, he is seen beaming. Several of my friends have run in to him at the rehearsal facility and they say that he is pleasant and engaging. Mostly he talks about the music community and his admiration for the process of making music as it's done here. He also has told my friends that he likes being another "guy" in the Nashville scene, not a rock legend, just a musician who is trying to expand his boundries. He is becoming a regular here, as the paper no longer documents all of his coming and goings. He's even become fluent in "meat and three" speak. (He likes Arnold's and The Loveless Cafe) He even knows the difference between a scone and a pone. I fully expaect to see him some night in the window of Robert's Western Wear, playing away with the house band. (He's already set in at Tootsie's and has caught a few jam nights at the 12th Avenue Taproom.)
 

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  posted on 2/6/2009 at 10:08 AM
I went to the Lovelace cafe' a couple weeks back & saw his picture in the lobby...

"got bisquits "

 

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  posted on 2/6/2009 at 10:08 AM
that's nice. like their cd together.
 

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  posted on 2/6/2009 at 10:11 AM
I think I'm in the minority, because I didn't like Raising Sand at all.
 

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  posted on 2/6/2009 at 11:12 AM
*Yawn* I would MUCH rather see him live with his killer band, Strange Sensation.

I caught his show with Krauss a couple years back at the WaMu Theater at MSG/formerly the Paramount/formerly the Felt Forum, and almost fell asleep. Unless I missed something because I wasn't sitting close enough, Krauss just wasn't sufficiently engaging. Sure, she's eye candy, and sure, she's got a lovely voice, but her stage presence was quite lacking.

Bring back Strange Sensation! For evidence of how good this band is--and how great Robert is with them--I'll offer an audio freebie to the first person who asks me for the show below. I'm not putting this on the Trades or Vines board because if you are reading this, you already found it. PM me if you want it and post a note here that you took this show. I would ask in return that you start a vine over on the Vines board, okay?

Robert Plant Set List - Irving Plaza NYC - 3/24/05

No Quarter
Shine it All Around
Black Dog
Freedom Fries
Morning Dew
Heartbreaker
That's the Way
All the Kings Horses
If I were a Carpenter
Darkness Darkness
Mighty Rearranger
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Tall Cool One
When the Levee Breaks
The Enchanter
Whole Lotta Love

Click here for all the details...thanks to the person who put up this website:

http://www.palemoon.com/RobertPlant05/IrvingPlaza2005/recollection.html

 

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