Today, with the release of new song “High and Lonesome,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss offer another glimpse into their first new album in fourteen years.
Out November 19th on Warner Music, Raise The Roof has been named one of the most anticipated LPs of the Autumn by the New York Times, MOJO Magazine, The Guardian and more. Like its platinum-selling 2007 predecessor, Raising Sand – which won six Grammys, including Album and Record of the Year – Raise The Roof delivers new takes on songs from legends and unsung heroes of folk, blues, country and soul music. “High and Lonesome” is the collection’s lone original, written by Plant and T Bone Burnett, who reprises his Raising Sand role as the album’s producer.
Hear Robert Plant, T Bone Burnett and Alison Krauss in harmony on the standout track “High and Lonesome,” backed by an all-star lineup of drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarist Marc Ribot and pedal steel player Russell Pahl, plus Viktor Krauss on mellotron, Jeff Taylor on bass accordion, and T Bone Burnett on electric guitar, mellotron and additional vocals. Listen HERE.
“High and Lonesome” is the second preview of Raise The Roof, following lead single “Can’t Let Go,” a rendition of the Randy Weeks/Lucinda Williams classic that reaffirmed Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Plant and 27-time Grammy-winner Krauss as “one of the most critically adored odd couples of music” (USA Today). As NPR Music says, “This feels like a warm welcome back from two old friends you haven’t seen in a long time,” and across Raise The Roof, their voices “still fit together like a pair of dusty boots nestled atop a welcome mat” (New York Times).
Recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, sessions for Raise The Roof began in late 2019. “When we started, Robert had said that if it didn’t work, we’ll try it for three days and say goodbye,” explains Alison Krauss. But through a range of styles and traditions, she and Plant extended their collaboration in thrilling new directions, wrapping just weeks before the world went into lockdown. “One of my favorite parts of this is the songs and songwriters that I had never heard of,” Krauss continues. “Working with Robert, and with T Bone, is always a great education in musical history.”
The rest of Raise The Roof includes deep cuts by Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch, Calexico and more. “It’s such a far cry from everything I’ve done before,” says Robert Plant. “I love the whole kaleidoscope of music that I’ve explored, but this is a place where you can think within the song, you can decide how to bring home an emotion. It’s another blend that we’ve got, and long may we have more of them.”
Pre-order Raise The Roof HERE