Written by By M.A. Khan, CNN
The partnership between the worlds of rock ‘n’ roll and folk continues.
Ahead of the release of Led Zeppelin’s first studio album in a decade, “Led Zeppelin IV,” Led Zeppelin member Robert Plant announced plans on Tuesday to record a new album and tour with Alison Krauss.
The duet album is called “Raising Sand,” and will be released on December 29, but the tour is not scheduled yet.
Alison Krauss performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, Colorado. Credit: DENIS POROY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
‘Music for two’
The band recently played a sold-out date in New York City’s Roseland Ballroom, under the guise of “Lovingkindness,” a production by American artist Laurie Anderson. She would later offer a statement on Facebook: “After the performance, Robert Plant invited me to ask Alison Krauss to accompany him on a song from his new album.”
Anderson continued: “I told him, ‘I love her as a musician, but I have no idea what she would make of this.”
Anderson is an artist of operatic sorts who has collaborated with Lou Reed and David Byrne, among others. One gets the feeling that at one point, she just wanted to pretend to run a bridge in the “RMS American” when Zep and Alison Krauss took to the stage.
Though the two have not been in the studio together for a number of years, the seeds of what became “Raising Sand” were sown back in the early 1980s when Krauss was the lead singer of “Raising Sand,” a supergroup with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham.