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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Revisiting Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (2007)

Every now and again an album comes along that just throws you for a loop because you imagine there is absolutely no way on earth that it's ever going to work. Bringing together two artists from what would seem diametrically opposed genres, sticking them in a studio to record together and expecting that it is going to bring forth a record that could be labelled a masterpiece could be seen as vainly hopeful. So the pairing of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on paper looked like it would never work but, under the supervision of T-Bone Burnett it more than worked out!

"Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" won Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards.

On February 8, 2009, the album won all five awards for which it was nominated at the 51st Grammy Awards: Album of the Year; Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album; Record of the Year (for "Please Read the Letter"); Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (for "Rich Woman"); and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (for "Killing the Blues").

There were rumours of a follow-up but Robert Plant has said that recording attempts in 2009 had not proved successful. In a way I'm glad there wasn't as I think it would have maybe lessened the affection I have for Raising Sand.

Hard to believe this was released 8 years ago, it doesn't seem like that at all!

There's loads of links below of Promo Videos, Interviews and Live Performances by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Click on them and enjoy.

 Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Produced by T-Bone Burnett
Released 23rd October 2007
UK Chart #2
US Chart #2

    Robert Plant – vocals
    Alison Krauss – vocals, fiddle

Additional musicians
    Riley Baugus – banjo
    Jay Bellerose – drums
    Norman Blake – acoustic guitar
    T-Bone Burnett – acoustic and electric guitar, six-string bass guitar
    Dennis Crouch – acoustic bass
    Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar
    Marc Ribot – acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, electric guitar
    Mike Seeger – autoharp
    Patrick Warren – Keyboards, pump organ, toy piano

Singles From Raising Sand
Rich Woman. (Link is the Later with Jools Holland Live Version).

Live Videos + Others
Live at Wembley May 2008.

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