Rounder Records is pleased to announce that Robert Plant is back with Band of Joy, his first album since 2007’s six time Grammy Award winning Raising Sand (Rounder). Band of Joy was recorded in Nashville with a stellar cast of musicians and will be released on September 14.
A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller. "Buddy’s integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation," enthuses Plant. "Buddy’s zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis."
As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant’s lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino.
Band of Joy features intriguing new interpretations of songs from a wide range of sources. Opening with a throbbing rendition of Los Lobos’s ‘Angel Dance’, the album encompasses the glittering drone-rock of Low’s ‘Silver Rider’ and ‘Monkey’, the Fifties-style country-gospel harmonies which transform The Kelly Brothers’ Sixties soul classic ‘Falling In Love Again’, the desolate banjo-driven interpretation of ‘Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down’, the transplanted English/Appalachian folk ballad ‘Cindy I’ll Marry You Some Day’, and jangling blues imagery of ‘Central Two-O-Nine’.
Plant’s most eclectic work so far, in a career that has constantly embraced the unexpected, it’s an album which takes in continents of influence and oceans of emotional depth. Plant seems to have an unquenchable thirst for music that moves him – whether it is to be found in Northern Africa or deepest Appalachia – Band of Joy takes us to all these places and more.
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy will be touring the U.S. in July in support of Band of Joy, with more dates to be announced. For a complete list of dates go to www.rounder.com.
Band of Joy Track Listing:
1. Angel Dance
2. House of Cards
3. Central Two-O-Nine
4. Silver Rider
5. You Can’t Buy My Love
6. I’m Falling In Love Again
7. The Only Sound That Matters
9. Cindy I’ll Marry You Someday
10. Harm’s Swift Way
11. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
12. Even This Shall Pass Away