Robert Plant's encounter with the diva of bluegrass is far more interesting, reckons Neil Spencer. Sung in tandem with country star Alison Krauss - the pair duet and provide backings for each other - Raising Sand is an album of deep, dark Americana, a scintillatingly stitched patchwork of country, R'n'B and singer-songwriters that represents what Plant describes as 'the America I have always loved musically'. The album's genesis stems directly from that love - several years back, Plant persuaded Krauss to join him in a tribute to Leadbelly for the blues legend's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Raising Sand is a Grammy-award winning collaboration album by rock singer Robert Plant and bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss. It was released on October 23, 2007 by Rounder Records. Raising Sand won Album of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards and at the 2009 Grammy Awards. This album was on Rolling Stone Rolling Stone.
Krauss' harmony vocal underscores Plant's low-key crooned boast as a mirror, as the person being used and who can't help it. Rollie Salley's "Killing the Blues" is all cough syrup guitars, muffled tom toms, and played-in-bedroom atmospherics
This spirit, expertly honed by producer T Bone Burnett, has resulted in an album pitched three steps beyond some cosmic collision of early urban blues, spacious West Texas country, and the untapped potential of the folk-rock revolution
A one-off collaboration between bluegrass/country giant Alison Krauss and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant that wound up yielding them the Grammy Award for album of the year in 2009. Raising Sand Q&A. Producer T-Bone Burnett. Label Zoé & Rounder.
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