Once upon a time Robert Plant's siren howl climbed to heaven in front of Led Zeppelin, the quintessential rock band of 1970s. Given Zeppelin's blues lineage and penchant for referencing folk and global music, it probably shouldn't be that surprising that 30 years on Plant has immersed himself in roots music. Last fall, Plant followed up his phenomenal 2007 collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss (the T Bone Burnett-produced Raising Sand) with Band of Joy, co-produced by Sand band member Buddy Miller and rambling on from Appalachia to Texas to East L.A., covering Los Lobos, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, and Barbara Lynn. There's also an unlikely two-tune stopover in Duluth for Low's "Silver Rider" and "Monkey." Miller leads the smart string-band-with-a-twist, while Patty Griffin offers potent vocal harmonies. Expect a few dramatically reworked Zep classics. A substantial bonus will be the North Mississippi Allstars' opening set.
Tue., April 12, 7:30 p.m., 2011