Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant will return with his first new album since his Grammy-winning collaboration with Allison Krauss, Raising Sand, on September 14th. Band of Joy's self-titled disc features an all-star squad of musicians: Patty Griffin on vocals, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, guitarist and co-producer Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House. The original Band of Joy paired Plant with late drummer John Bonham.
"Buddy's integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation," said Plant in a statement. "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."
Band of Joy features Plant and Co. covering Los Lobos' "Angel Dance," traditional songs like "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" and "Cindy I'll Marry You Someday," Townes Van Zandt's "Harms Swift Way" and, most surprisingly, a pair of tracks off Minnesota downbeat indie rock band Low's 2005 album The Great Destroyer, "Silver Rider" and "Monkey." Considering how widely the band has cast its net, "House of Cards" could be a cover of a track by Radiohead, Elton John or Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Plant and Band of Joy will hit the road this summer starting July 13th in Memphis Tennessee. Check out the dates and the album's track list:
Band of Joy
"House of Cards"
"You Can't Buy My Love"
"I'm Falling In Love Again"
"The Only Sound That Matters"
"Cindy I'll Marry You Someday"
"Harm's Swift Way"
"Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down"
"Even This Shall Pass Away"
July 13 – Memphis, TN @ The Orpheum Theater
July 15 – Little Rock, AR @ Robinson Center Music Hall
July 16 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino Amphitheater
July 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
July 21 – Tucson, AZ @ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
July 23 – Dallas, TX @ Meyerson Symphony Hall
July 24 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 26 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
July 28 – Mobile, AL @ The Saenger Theatre
July 30 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 31 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
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