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Hammer Of The Bluegrass Gods?

Updated 03:30 PDT Mon, Aug 06 2007

In one of the more intriguing pairings to come down the pike since someone got peanut butter in their chocolate, ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass diva Alison Krauss have joined forces with producer T-Bone Burnett for a musical collaboration, Raising Sand, due to hit stores in late October on the Rounder label.

The pair is also expected to embark on a tour next spring, agent Dan Weiner, the duo's booking agent, told Pollstar.

Plant and Krauss cover a wide range of material on the record, including songs by Tom Waits, Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Little Milton Campbell, Mel Tillis, Doc Watson and the Everly Brothers.

The musical mashup veers into familiar territory for Led Zep fans as well: the Robert Plant/Jimmy Page "Please Read the Letter" from the pair's 1998 Walking Into Clarksdale is included in the track list.

Reportedly sitting in on the sessions were alt-country virtuosos including Marc Ribot, Norman Blake, Mike Seeger, Jay Bellerose and Dennis Crouch.

"The interesting thing is there is no way that you can be told this concept and have any idea that you know what it sounds like until you hear it," Weiner told Pollstar. "It's so much beyond just being Robert or just being Alison. It's another place. T-Bone did a terrific job and it's phenomenal." - Deborah Speer / Pollstar

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