“Let’s go catch fire and see what we have,” Robert Plant said of why he and Alison Krauss returned to the studio to record their new album, Raise the roof, sequel to the six-time Grammy-winning album in 2007 Rise of the sand. With their combined talents and diverse tastes, the cliché about the bizarre coupling of bluegrass princess Krauss and rock god Plant doesn’t apply. With their debut album and first tour, this reunion, recorded before the pandemic (with a 2022 tour to follow), demonstrates their mutual respect for a wide range of music – country, soul, folk and blues. Their collaboration was, once again, produced by T Bone Burnett, who played guitar, contributed song ideas and brought musicians together. Here, in two separate phone calls led by Lisa Robinson – Plant from England and Krauss from Nashville – they talk about their love of traditional American music and their work and admiration for each other.
Lisa Robinson: Especially after your huge success with Sand lifting, why did it take you 14 years to work together again?
Robert Plante: You tend to worry about the strengths of the moment. I keep landing in all kinds of different places and never think of continuity on any level, even though I love adventures. As you may remember, my head is turned quite easily, and if I get an offer to do something a little left of center, I go.