Robert Plant is making some of the best music of his life. While many people I know are bummed that he continually resists a Led Zeppelin reunion, I can’t help but enjoy the Americana roots direction he continues to pursue. On his latest album, Band of Joy, Plant follows up his acclaimed collaboration with Alison Krauss by sticking with a cast of Nashville aces, including multi-instrumentalist Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and tunesmith Darrell Scott. It’s a homage to dusty blues, Appalachian folk, and vintage country with hints of throwback psychedelic rock. Plant and his latest crew rework covers by Townes Van Zant (“Harm’s Swift Way”), Richard Thompson (“House of Cards”), and Los Lobos (“Angel Dance”). Plant just announced a tour behind the album, and fittingly it will run all over the Southeast, including a kick-off show at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on January 18. More dates here.
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