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18 November 2021

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss To Launch ‘Raise The Roof’ With Global Livestream & More

Robert Plant Raise The Roof Livestream
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This Friday, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss celebrate the historic release of Raise The Roof their first new album together in more than 14 years. To mark the momentous occasion, the two artists will come together to deliver a series of key live performances to fans across the world.

Beginning at 12 p.m. CST / 1 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. GMT on November 19, the duo join forces with YouTube to present a global livestream. Backed by an all-star band in Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, Plant and Krauss will debut a selection of songs from Raise The Roof exclusively for audiences on the platform. The special event will be hosted simultaneously on the official Plant and Krauss YouTube channel.

On November 19, Plant and Krauss will also appear alongside CBS News senior culture correspondent Anthony Mason for an interview. Later that night they will perform on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” before bringing more music to “CBS Saturday Morning” just a handful of hours later.

Following the YouTube livestream on Friday, viewers can head to NPR Music’s YouTube channel for a virtual listening party at 1 p.m. CST / 2 p.m. EST. In addition to a full playback of Raise The Roof, Plant and Krauss will join critic Ann Powers for a discussion of the album.

In the run up to Raise The Roof, Plant and Krauss have continued to surprise listeners on pre-release previews like Can’t Let Go, It Don’t Bother Me and the original song High And Lonesome, written by Plant and the album’s producer, T Bone Burnett. At 11 a.m. CST / 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 18, they will share their rendition of Brenda Burns’s Somebody Was Watching Over Me, offering one last look into the record before the full collection is finally unveiled.

Building on the Grammy-sweeping, millions-selling success of 2007’s Raising Sand, Raise The Roof almost magically reclaims the spectral tone of Raising Sand, then finds ways to expand on it, delving further into both quiet subtleties and wailing intensity,” says The New York Times, in an expansive profile of Plant and Krauss’s long-awaited reunion.

Following the monumental debut of Raising Sand, which won all six Grammy Awards for which it was nominated (including “Album” and “Record Of The Year”), Plant and Krauss “are still proof that sometimes the best things come from unlikely collaborators” (Entertainment Weekly). Across Raise The Roof, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and 27-time Grammy-winning Bluegrass Hall Of Famer step further outside their comfort zone, expanding their unexpected, unparalleled partnership in remarkable new directions.

While sessions for the album began in Nashville in November 2019, wrapping just weeks before the world went into lockdown, Krauss remembers sending Plant the Randy Weeks/Lucinda Williams classic Can’t Let Go at least 10 years ago — and “it seems like time hasn’t passed at all” (NPR Music).

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