If this little piece on Robert Plant consisted of nothing more than his name on the page, most people would already know quite a bit. Such is the way of legends, though Mr. Plant might chuckle at that designation.
His role as lead singer, front man and co-songwriter for the groundbreaking rock-blues group, Led Zeppelin is a pretty good start to his luminous, musical career. But when that band’s magnificent drummer, John Bonham passed away, save for the occasional reunion, there was no more Zep.
Robert’s musical curiosity and drive to explore new sounds is what has sustained him since the curtain dropped on his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted group. With his remarkable voice and charismatic stage presence, he took off on a rich and varied solo career, one studded with hits, braided with new journeys, and a recorded output that has reaped critical and popular acclaim.
His path took him to American music heavyweights T-Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss, Darrell Scott, and Buddy Miller, and with them he delved into rich veins of Americana and folk. With the Space Shifters – a group he’s worked with for the past five years – he’s fallen into yet another alluring groove, one that is trancelike, otherworldly and redolent of the electric English folk he has always loved. He’s recorded two records with them, lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar, and 2017’s Carry Fire, each a mesmerizing, sonic experience that feels like an adventure through time and space. His sound is a raise of the glass to trip-hop, English folk, blues riffing, and North African influences - aural landscapes that add depth and variety to the familiar Led Zeppelin songs that pepper his live shows, as well as the group’s original work.
Robert’s voice – considered by many to be the best in the history of rock music – is a fine instrument, burnished and mellowed with time, still powerful and evocative. And it will be so good to hear it echoing off the canyon walls.