2010 is a busy year for surviving Led Zeppelin members. Guitarist Jimmy Page will be taking new material on tour, bassist John Paul Jones is playing big festivals and performing on TV with Them Crooked Vultures, and, as we have just learned, vocalist Robert Plant has announced an upcoming solo album (via Rock it Out!). Unfortunately, a reunion still isn’t happening.
The followup to his 2005 solo album Mighty ReArranger and his Grammy-winning 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss entitled Raising Sand, the new LP will be called It’s Rude to Say No. Plant worked with producer Buddy Miller on the album, his ninth solo effort overall.
If the Nashville/Miller thing doesn’t tip you off as to what it might sound like, ledzeppelinnews.com reports that Plant is recording a version of the traditional bluegrass song “Cindy”, retitled “Get Along Home, Cindy”. Moreover, the guy who originally released all this information and is appearing on the album, singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, said this:
Those two-plus weeks were some of the most memorable times I’ve ever had in the studio. … The number-one thing is that Robert loves music. You think they’re posing and just getting through it, but I was humbled with how Robert Plant loved the music — old country, blues, rockabilly.
Plant clearly has Zeppelin far from his thoughts, but this is still exciting news if you happen to be a fan of his solo work or Raising Sand. The album will be out later this year, exact date unknown.
Also, if you live in England, you can see Plant live, according to ledzeppelinnews.com, at London’s Abbey Road Studios, on February 25th (assuming you can find tickets). Get this: the man will be performing with a 72-voice choir, the London Oriana Choir. The concert, Sound & Vision, benefits Cancer Research UK.