Rock Rolls With Bluegrass

Plant and Krauss make an unlikely duo but still make beautiful music on tour
By Michael Foreman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2008 2:46 PM CDT
Rock Rolls With Bluegrass
Singers Alison Krauss and Robert Plant hold their awards at the 2008 CMT Awards, April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

He's a howling rock god; she's a fiddlin' bluegrass queen. It sounds like an odd pairing, but Robert Plant and Alison Krauss weave haunting harmonies on tour, reports Rolling Stone. The duo admits they struggled to find the right groove while performing Led Zep covers and R&B classics from their 2007 platinum collaboration, Raising Sand.

Krauss kept an ear trained for Plant's improvisations while Plant adjusted to sharing the mike. "I'm listening intently up there, because I've never heard another singer alongside me," he says. "And white mountain music—it's new to me." The blending of styles works because, in the words of Sand producer T Bone Burnett, "they're both soulmen." (Read more Rolling Stone stories.)

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