Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass and country singer Alison Krauss are recording and performing together again, over a decade after their first collaboration won a slew of major awards.
The duo released “Raise the Roof” on Friday and announced an 18-stop tour across the United States and Europe, their first time touring in 12 years. The tour will bring Plant and Krauss to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on June 14, 2022.
“Raise The Roof” is Plant and Krauss’s first collaboration in more than a decade, after they released “Raising Sand” in 2007, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over a million copies.
Plant and Krauss began recording sessions for “Raise The Roof” in Nashville in late 2019, which they completed weeks before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020, according to a press release.
The album, described as a “cosmic collision” of blues, country, folk-rock and soul music, saw Plant and Krauss reunited with producer T Bone Burnett, who previously worked with them on “Raising Sand.”
Pre-sale tickets for the U.S. leg of the duo’s tour will be available at 10 a.m. on Nov. 29, and regular ticket sales will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3. Fans can sign up for the pre-sale and set a reminder for when regular tickets go on sale by visiting www.plantkrauss.com and clicking on “Tour.”
Fans can also see Plant and Krauss perform a couple of their new songs during a live performance Friday that will stream on YouTube at 1 p.m. Eastern. Plant and Krauss will also be in conversation with NPR music critic Ann Powers during a virtual listening party at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Plant’s midnight snack in Raleigh
Plant previously performed in the Triangle in February 2018, when he opened the U.S. leg of a solo tour promoting his 2017 album “Carry Fire” at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh.
After the performance, Plant and his backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters, stopped by Garland on West Martin Street for a midnight snack, after friends had told Plant about the Indian and Asian fusion restaurant.
Chef Cheetie Kumar had closed the kitchen for the night when Plant and his band mates arrived, but was still able to serve the rock legend some warm hummus, fried cauliflower and a beet and persimmon salad.
“They were extremely excited about the food,” musician Paul Siler, of the rock band Birds of Avalon, and Kumar’s husband, told The News & Observer at the time. “I can say that about Cheetie’s cooking. I think they were expecting chips and salsa and then were like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy.’”
After their meal, Plant and the band sang “Happy Birthday” to Kumar, even though it wasn’t her birthday, and invited them to his upcoming show in Charlotte.
As for Krauss, she was in Raleigh in September to attend the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, where she was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame for her contributions to the genre since her days performing bluegrass music as a child prodigy.
After releasing her first album in 1987, Krauss has gone on to win a total of 27 Grammy Awards, the most of any female artist, a record that was broken by Beyoncé, who won her 28th Grammy in March.
This story was originally published November 19, 2021 10:35 AM.