Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will release a duet album, Raising Sand, on Oct. 23. The Rounder Records CD was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles.
Krauss said the genesis of the project came from her collaboration with Plant during a Leadbelly tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where she and the former Led Zeppelin vocalist sang together for the first time. She has frequently expressed her admiration for several rock singers, including Plant.
Raising Sand features a cast of supporting musicians including guitarists Marc Ribot and Norman Blake, multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, drummer Jay Bellerose and bassist Dennis Crouch. The material covers a wide spectrum of blues, R&B, country and folk music from such songwriters as Mel Tillis, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark, Sam Phillips and Don and Phil Everly.
Songs include the Robert Plant-Jimmy Page song, "Please Read the Letter," from Walking Into Clarksdale, the album the two Led Zeppelin members released in 1998. Also featured is "Fortune Teller," New Orleans R&B singer Benny Spellman's hit that was featured on the Rolling Stones' 1966 concert album, Got Live If You Want It.
Krauss' most recent CD, a career retrospective titled A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, was released in April. With her Union Station band and Dobro player Jerry Douglas, she toured earlier this year with legendary acoustic guitarist Tony Rice. Her current tour continues along the East Coast before wrapping up with an Aug. 25 appearance at Nashville's Sommet Center.