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- Posted on Jul 6th 2010 8:00AM by Farah Ishaq
The former Led Zeppelin vocalist's first album since recording the six-time Grammy winning bluegrass album 'Raising Sand' with collaborator Alison Krauss in 2007, the album 'Band of Joy' enlists the help of an array of US musicians, all of whom will perform with Plant on tour.
The Band of Joy -- a name resurrected from Plant's pre-Led Zep 60s band -- features singer Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Byron House, Marco Giovino and Nashville producer and guitarist Buddy Miller.
Plant previewed the album at a low-key gig in New York at the end of last month, and amongst the 12 tracks are covers of a rare Townes Van Zandt track 'Harm's Swift Way,' as well as two tracks -- 'Silver Rider' and 'Monkey' -- from indie band Low, both from their 2005 album 'The Great Destroyer.'
Plant says on his website of 'Band of Joy' that "It's been a blast working on these new songs ... and I'm enjoying such creativity and vitality. It's been a remarkable change of direction for all of us and as a group we all seem to have developed a new groove."
Tickets for Robert Plant's UK shows go on sale on Friday, July 9, and you can catch him and the band at:
London HMV Forum, England (Sept. 2)
Cardiff St David's Hall, Wales (Oct. 26)
Birmingham Symphony Hall, england (Oct. 27)
Manchester Palace Theatre, England (Oct. 31)
In the meantime, Plant's US Band of Joy tour gets underway on July 13 in Memphis, TN., and runs until July 31 in Miami, FL.