Robert Plant started his career singing his heart (and lungs) out in Led Zeppelin. Alison Krauss is a feted bluegrass musician. Two fantastic voices from two different corners of the world. On paper perhaps also an unlikely pairing.
But the two became one of the most effortless-sounding duos in modern popular music.
They first met at a Leadbelly tribute gig where they were both performing. They teamed up with producer T-Bone Burnett and a group of fantastic musicians and made Raising Sand in 2007. It was an album full of duets, covering old classics. Sweeping the 2009 Grammys – even taking home the award for ‘Album of the year’ – the release anticipated the nu-folk movement in the 2010s and ushered in a new era for both Plant and Krauss.
It was a musical partnership that was a testament to the power of true musicianship. Across genres, oceans, cultures and decades, these two artists were able to tap into an intimate space with each other, and the results are nothing less than pure music history.
It took almost 15 years before Robert Plant and Alison Krauss was ready with a follow-up. 2021 marked the year when the duo released Raise the Roof (notice the elevation metaphor in both album titles, perhaps hinting at how they make the listeners feel when they play), which is another selection of covers that spans generations, while the duo add their fascinating mystique to every one.
Robert Plant performed a stellar show under his own name at Roskilde Festival 2019, and in 1995 the Englishman played here together with his old Led Zeppelin partner and guitarist, Jimmy Page.
Alison Krauss played at Roskilde Festival with her backing band Union Station in 2012.
Now, we are thrilled to be able to welcome Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to Roskilde Festival under the same billing. Look forward to hearing Plant’s restrained country-blues vocals and Krauss’ honeyed bluegrass tones (voice + fiddle) as they draw songs from a deep well of Americana that takes in blues, soul and country and sprinkled with British folk. They will wow you.