- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: Robert Plant releases new single 'Angeldance'
- Date: 8th September 2010
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 3, 2010) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT PLANT, SAYING: "There are about 1000 songs I'd like to sing and these are 12 of them, really and we did record quite a lot of music for this record with Buddy Miller my partner in crime we tried to melt styles so that it was an interesting journey."
- Embargoed: 23rd September 2010 13:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
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- Story Text: Robert Plant is back with his first album since 2007's six time Grammy Award winning "Raising Sand".
Picking up where "Raising Sand" - which sold 700,000 in the UK and 3 million worldwide, scooping the Grammy for Album of the Year - left off, "Band Of Joy" was recorded in Nashville with a stellar cast of musicians.
A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller. As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant's lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino.
Plant named the album after the band he was in before Led Zeppelin:
"Once upon a time when I was a kid I was in a band that didn't care. We more concerned about how we played and what we played than if you like the great hunt for success, it was a great youthful swagger what we did and I think and obviously forty years more further down the road as this project developed I realized that it had quite a few similarities because it doesn't matter. It does matter whether it's successful or not, it would be great, but it doesn't matter really, it's just great music played by people who have a very similar thought process."
He added: "There are about 1000 songs I'd like to sing and these are 12 of them, really and we did record quite a lot of music for this record with Buddy Miller my partner in crime we tried to melt styles so that it was an interesting journey."
"Band Of Joy" features new interpretations of songs from a wide range of sources. The first single to be released is Los Lobos's 'Angel Dance'.
Plant is not scared to explore new territory, and new musical directions. Ever since leaving Led Zeppelin he has been intent on carving out a successful solo career. He remembers the first time he performed on stage without the backing of Led Zeppelin:
"When you're in the middle of it all you don't ever take any stock on how it's going. You're in it and when it's gone it's a huge finale, it's the end of everything and the end is the beginning...obviously there's a kind of security almost some kind of trippy family in all these groups down the years and a kind of allegiance and a mutual aim of what you're doing but when that stops it stops; you either start again or you become an accountant after all."
But when asked about a possible return to stage with the supergroup he responds as always, enigmatically and will not be drawn into an answer:
"The more you bring it up the more you become the question, it is what it is, just another thing to do, as often with biscuits and cocoa backstage, it's just another gig, and it's just locking into different people and different personalities and some of it carries huge history but none of it carries responsibility."
'Band of Joy' is released on September 13.
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