Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Had ‘No Expectations’ Making New Album: ‘Knew It Would Be Good’

November 17, 2021


Raise the Roof, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ follow-up to the 2007 hit Raising Sand, is out on Nov. 19

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss | CREDIT: JIM WRIGHT

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After you reach the pinnacle of success, what comes next?

For Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, the answer was a 14-year pause following the surprise success of their 2007 collaboration Raising Sand, which won six Grammys, including album of the year.

And even though the legendary Led Zeppelin rocker, 73, and the bluegrass darling, 50, are back in action once more on the new record Raise the Roof, out Nov. 19, that doesn’t mean they’re letting their past achievements hang heavy.

Krauss and Plant tell PEOPLE in this week’s issue that despite the massive popularity of Raising Sand, they felt “no expectations” when it came to joining forces for a second time.

“The only thing that I knew is that it would be good,” Krauss says. “The songs were beautiful. I knew that our singing together has something that’s very different.”

Quips Plant: “And sometimes it’s in tune. Once I’ve been told what to do.”

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss | CREDIT: JIM WRIGHT

Though an unlikely duo — he a rock god, she a country superstar —their friendly chemistry provided the perfect starting point for a fruitful partnership that began after they first met in 2004, when Plant invited Krauss to join him in a tribute concert for Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter.

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