’ It was a lovely moment and we were chortling away like two Laughing Policemen.
The tears were rolling down our fat old cheeks.”Plant and I have met at the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham, where the valets know him simply as “Planty”.
’ He said, ‘That’s Robert Plant.’ I said, ‘What does he look like now?
’ The guy shrugged his shoulders, so I lifted my sunglasses and said, ‘Look!
Plant is a relaxed and attentive conversationalist, not one for protocol.
“It must be strange for you to wonder what you’re going to say to a guy like me,” he says at one point.
You’ve said the song “Turn It Up” was inspired by taking long drives through the American South. As a kid in England, I was really drawn to the music of Mississippi.
What is it that you’re doing right, and why have the other guys lost it? The company I keep is very empowered, humorous, creative, and energetic, and there’s an enjoyment in stretching the parameters of what we do.
Well that’s a really provocative question, young man, and you must go stand on the naughty step. We’ve been on the road for a year, just playing around the planet, which gave us the opportunity to be quite selective about the ideas that we pursued [on this album]. Oh, yeah, I wouldn’t do six weeks of festivals in Europe if I didn’t like it.
Both Krauss and Plant get to explore several American roots avenues in Raising Sand, an album of songs by such luminaries as Sam Philips, the Everly Brothers, Townes Van Zandt, and Doc Watson.
But in the videos above, the pair—backed by a country band—mosey through two old Led Zeppelin songs renowned for their thunderous loudness and sweeping guitars.