Following the release of their lead single “Can’t Let Go” in August this year, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have today released a second track – “High and Lonesome” – from their forthcoming album Raise the Roof.
Produced by Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue guitarist T Bone Burnett the much anticipated long-player follows up 2007’s Grammy award-winning Raising Sand. Landing next month on November 19, Raise the Roof showcases a line-up of guitar luminaries including David Hidalgo, Buddy Miller, Bill Frisell, and Marc Ribot.
The Plant/Burnett-penned “High and Lonesome” is the standout original track from Raise the Roof while the remaining songs on the album consist of covers (Bert Jansch, Calexico, Merle Haggard, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Allen Toussaint, and Geeshie Wiley being just some of the artists explored.)
“It’s such a far cry from everything I’ve done before,” commented Plant. “I love the whole kaleidoscope of music that I’ve explored, but this is a place where you can think within the song, you can decide how to bring home an emotion. It’s another blend that we’ve got, and long may we have more of them.”
“Working with Robert, and with T Bone, is always a great education in musical history,” adds Krauss.
Tracked at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, “High and Lonesome” features appearances by guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) and pedal steel player Russell Pahl (Yola, Dan Auerbach, Kings of Leon) while Burnett also lends his talents to electric guitar, mellotron, and vocals.
Pre-order your copy of Raise the Roof by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss here.
Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros, and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist magazine, MusicRadar, and Guitar World, as well as contributions for specialist books and blogs. He is also a lifelong musician.
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