Robert Plant taps Buddy Miller for ‘Band of Joy’


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Robert Plant has turned to Americana musician-producer Buddy Miller to share production duties with him on Plant’s forthcoming album “Band of Joy,” set for Sept. 14 release.

Plant’s last outing, “Raising Sand,” the runaway hit collaboration with Alison Krauss and producer T Bone Burnett, generated six Grammy Awards, including album and record of the year. Miller part of the touring band when Plant and Krauss went on the road together in 2008.


*Update at 3 p.m.: An earlier version said Miller played on the ‘Raising Sand’ album. He was not on the album but was part of the group that backed Plant and Krauss on tour.

Plant also recorded “Band of Joy” in Nashville, this time inviting singer-songwriter Patty Griffin as his vocal partner on many of the tracks, which include Los Lobos’ “Angel Dance,” the old folk ballad “Cindy I’ll Marry You Someday” and the country gospel song “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down.”

‘Buddy’s integral to this album,” Plant said in a statement issued Friday. “You can hear his taste all over the instrumentation. Buddy’s zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-‘50s rockabilly … and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis.’

Plant will tour with the new material this summer through the South and Southwest. The closest the 12-city tour as announced so far will get to Southern California is a July 20 stop in Phoenix, but more shows will be added, according to the statement.

-- Randy Lewis

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