And don't forget Robert Plant
, who in 2010 stood at the top of the roots-music hill with a presence as commanding as the cocksure "golden god" of his
But as much as the Krauss and Plant
pairing might have invited lazy "she's
a little bit country, he's
a little bit rock 'n' roll" quips, the fact is, Plant's Americana roots can be traced all the way back to at least Led Zeppelin III.
Though closer in spirit to the languid, "Tangerine" tranquility of Raising Sand
than the Technicolor storm of 1990's Manic Nirvana (to these ears, still the man's finest post-Zeppelin hour on record), Robert Plant's
Band of Joy nonetheless proves this classic-rock warhorse still has plenty of kick in him.
Calling the album rock 'n' roll would be a stretch, but Plant and producer/guitarist Buddy Miller, named "Instrumentalist of the Year" at September's Americana Music Awards, charge this set (named after Plant's pre-Zep Summer of Love band) with a bracing kinetic energy that sparks and sizzles from the Moroccan/Latin swirl of the opening Los Lobos cover ("Angel Dance") through to to the skittish, jagged-edged beat of the closer, "Even This Shall Pass Away.
Although there's only one original here (the Plant
and Miller-penned "Central Two-O-Nine"), Plant inhabits every song as naturally a second skin, be it the mysterious "Silver Rider" (by indie rockers Low), Richard Thompson's "House of Cards," or the traditional "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down.
A songwriter's songwriter who's had no small amount of success in landing cuts on mainstream country albums (Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, etc.), Darrell Scott is also an in-demand session and touring multi-instrumentalist whose most recent credits include Robert Plant's
Band of Joy.