Yesterday, we remembered British folk guitar legend Bert Jansch (1943-2011) on the day of his birth and, today, we are excited to share news of Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’s latest single – an interpretation of the great man’s 1965 number “It Don’t Bother Me.”
“It Don’t Bother Me” is the title track from Jansch’s second album released in December ‘65, shortly after his eponymous debut longer-player arrived earlier that year.
While Jansch’s original track is a dark, bare-bones solo acoustic guitar performance (exactly the kind of production fans of the folk legend adore) the new Robert Plant & Alison Krauss single “It Don’t Bother Me” is a lustrous reimagining embellished with dolceola, marxophone, pedal steel, handclaps and percussion.
“It Don’t Bother Me” also features some stellar work from maverick guitar genius Marc Ribot (Ceramic Dogs, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and guitarist David Hidalgo of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees Los Lobos.
“It Don’t Bother Me” is the final teaser from Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’s eagerly awaited new album titled Raise the Roof (Rounder Records.) Set for release on November 19, Raise the Roof follows up 2007’s Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling Raising Sand.
Speaking of Jansch’s “It Don’t Bother Me” as a choice of song for the new album Plant said, “I’ve been a big follower of Bert Jansch’s work since I was a teenager, and of that whole Irish, Scottish, English folk style that has a different lilt and different lyrical perspective. I was very keen to bring some of that into the picture.”
Listen to “It Don’t Bother Me” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss here.
Pre-order Raise the Roof by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss here.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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