After winning five Grammys this past weekend, including Album of the Year for Raising Sand, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are already back in the studio with T Bone Burnett working on the follow-up to their platinum-selling LP. Thanks to the huge Grammy night, Raising Sand is on pace to top this week’s sales chart, despite not even being on the Top 200 two weeks ago.
“Alison and Robert have been in the studio for about two weeks and although we haven’t heard any of the music, we’ve been hearing good things from the musicians,” said Rounder Records’ Ken Irwin in an e-mail to Country Standard Time. Burnett recently spoke to Rolling Stone about Plant & Krauss for a story in the next issue (which hits stands next week). “The one thing we certainly can’t do is try and repeat [Raising Sand],” he told us. “That was a moment in time and a beautiful moment, so to try and do that sort of thing again would detract from that.” He adds, “Hopefully we have at least two more records in us.”
It’s kind of hard to be disappointed by news that the winners of the Album of the Year award are recording a follow-up, but this info likely doesn’t sit well with Led Zeppelin fans who were hoping that the group would finally reunite for a full-scale tour once Plant fulfilled his touring obligations with Krauss. A new album probably means another tour, even though Plant said he wouldn’t tour for “at least two years” after his first tour with Krauss ended.
Though many assumed Plant and Krauss would release a live CD/DVD before another album, Irwin said there’s no plan for a DVD at this time. Irwin was also unsure of the new album’s release date: “We set our release dates when we get all the pieces in place and at this point, we don’t have any yet.”
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