Listen to Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ Seductive, New ‘High and Lonesome’

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Photo: David McClister; used with permission)

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have released a second track, the seductive “High and Lonesome,” from their new album, Raise the Roof. Having won six Grammy awards—including Album and Record of the Year—for their 2007 collaboration, Raising Sand, the pair are finally releasing a followup. The new album will be out Nov. 19, 2021, on Rounder Records.

Like its predecessor, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart and generated platinum sales, Raise the Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with former Led Zeppelin frontman Plant and popular Americana vocalist Krauss, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl, among others.

The album, announced on Aug. 12, features 12 new recordings of songs originally recorded by Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, the Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and others. Other highlights include a Plant-Burnett original, “High and Lonesome,” and the classic “Can’t Let Go,” written by Randy Weeks and first recorded by Lucinda Williams.

Listen to “High and Lonesome,” released on Oct. 7

The songs selected for Raise the Roof, according to a press release, “alternately reflect deep-rooted influences and new revelations. For his part,” it says, “Robert Plant was keen to introduce the English folk traditions he has loved since adolescence, while Krauss cites hearing ‘Quattro (World Drifts In)’ by the American group Calexico, as ‘the moment I knew we’d make another album.’ We wanted it to move. We brought other people in, other personalities within the band, and coming back together again in the studio brought a new intimacy to the harmonies.”

Watch the lyric video for “Can’t Let Go” from Raise the Roof

Adds Plant, “You hear something and you go, ‘Man, listen to that song, we got to sing that song!’ It’s a vacation, really—the perfect place to go that you least expected to find.”

Related: Read radio great Dennis Elsas’ interview with Plant

In addition to winning all six Grammy Awards for which it was nominated, Raising Sand also earned a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year, plus Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year accolades from the Americana Music Honors and Awards.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will tour together in 2022, with dates to be announced soon.

Raise The Roof Track List
1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
2. The Price of Love
3. Go Your Way
4. Trouble With My Lover
5. Searching for My Love
6. Can’t Let Go
7. It Don’t Bother Me
8. You Led Me to The Wrong
9. Last Kind Words Blues
10. High and Lonesome
11. Going Where the Lonely Go
12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me

Bonus Video: Watch Plant and Krauss perform Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” during their first collaborative tour

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  1. Onteo
    #1 Onteo 13 August, 2021, 08:21

    If this new song is an indication of the the rest of the lp, it’s a winner. There needs to be a live LP from the first tour.

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