Robert Plant and his Band of Joy

Robert Plant

Before Led Zeppelin took flight, Robert Plant played in a small band called The Band of Joy. Now, forty years later, he has re-kindled his fondness for American roots music and named his new band after his first. This incarnation of players is led by Buddy Miller, who Plant noticed while attending an Emmylou Harris show a few years back. Plant became fascinated with the Nashville guitarist’s versatile style and asked him to join in with the work he was doing with Alison Krauss. Miller was featured on the Plant/Krauss six Grammy winning cd Raising Sand and toured with them to support the album. Now Plant and Miller are back at it again, exploring diverse music ranging from obscure gospel, soul, folk and blues to more contemporary songs by Los Lobos, Townes Van Zandt, alt-rock group Low and even Plant and Page.

“You can get so easily typecast,” Plant says on his website. “You can find routines and formulas that you drop into, and you say ‘hey this is my style.’ I think back on the days of Band of Joy. We were finding a brand new place to be coming from, that kind of English-psychedelic, blues idiom at the expense of popularity and success. And I see what I do know is I stimulate myself by being in great environments, at the cost and at the joy of moving away from being typecast, and continuing to open my repertoire and using my gift just like I was doing when I was 17.”

Robert Plant speaks in depth about his new musical journey. Currently, he is touring with The Band of Joy and will release his new CD on September 13th.

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