Robert Plant & the Band of Joy : Live from the Artists Den

Written by Jamie Lee

September 2, 2012

Robert Plant’s late-career surge is as much about his music as it is the people that have joined him. First, he reemerged with bluegrass maven Alison Krauss for the Grammy-winning Raising Sand (2007), and then welcomed some of Americana’s heaviest hitters to create the lauded, Grammy-nominated follow-up, Band of Joy (2010).

In February 2011, the Band of Joy – Plant, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Marco Giovino and Byron House – took the stage at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The performance was filmed for a Live from the Artists Den broadcast and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD filed under the same name . The career-spanning set includes reworked Led Zeppelin classics (“Black Dog,” “Tangerine,” “Gallows Pole”), early solo material (“In the Mood”), and choice cuts from the most recent album, Band of Joy (“Angel Dance,” “House of Cards”). And while Plant’s compositions are as energetic and polished as ever, the highlights of the performance appear in the middle of the set, when the show takes a “songwriters in-the-round” feel with each of Miller, Griffin, and Scott stepping into the spotlight to deliver their own vocal performances, including an impressive reading of the classic “A Satisfied Mind.”

Live from the Artists Den is a highly satisfying souvenir from one of 2011’s best tours. It brilliantly captures the sights, sounds, and magic of this stunning collective.

Live from the Artists Den is out now on Universal.