Robert Plant, Alison Krauss announce first new album in 14 years

Publish Date
Friday, 13 August 2021, 9:37AM

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have announced a new album together, Raise the Roof, the follow-up to the duo's Grammy award-winning and platinum-certified 2007 record, Raising Sand.

Like its predecessor, Raise the Roof, is a covers album. It finds the American bluegrass singer and the U.K. rock icon covering songs from the likes of Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, the Everly Brothers, Ann Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and others.

The first single, "Can't Let Go," is a cover of a Lucinda Williams song penned by Randy Weeks. You can listen to it via the player above!

"You hear something and you go, 'Man, listen to that song, we've got to sing that song!'" Plant recalled of his and Krauss's process via a press release. "It's a vacation, really — the perfect place to go that you least expect to find."

Raise the Roof features Krauss and Plant backed by an ace collective of musicians, including drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krass and pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl, among a few others.

"We wanted it to move," Krauss added of the orchestration. "We brought other people in, other personalities within the band, and coming back together in the studio again brought a new intimacy to the proceedings."

Plant and Krauss will tour on the new album in 2022. Dates are expected to be announced soon.

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