Plant Praises American Musicians

After a New York listening party for his new album Band of Joy, Robert Plant talked about why he loves American music.

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After a New York listening party for his new album Band Of Joy (due September 14), Robert Plant talked about why he loves American music. "Brits seem to have a way of harnessing and lassoing beautiful American music and usually shafting it very badly," the former Led Zeppelin frontman said. "It took maturity and gray hair for me to realize that the essence of a lot of fantastic music may have come once from Europe, but it's certainly been looked after better in the more obscure parts of the American psyche." Band Of Joy is said to follow in the footsteps of Plant's last acclaimed record, Raising Sand, with Alison Krauss. This time the singer has teamed with renowned guitarist- songwriter Buddy Miller and singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. Plant said Miller is a "curator of great music," and referenced Miller's love for psychedelic rockers Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators. It's a "fantastic part of American music that we only really screwed very badly in England." Plant, Miller and Griffin are on tour this summer, beginning July 13 in Memphis, Tennessee. Thanks for the report to Gibson.com.

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    FRACTUREDx2
    Because America is the center of entertainment in the world (I don't mean to sound like ignorant)
    zhilo95
    Everyone says music was better in the sixties. I disagree, I think it's the same. Every period has bad musicians. Its just that we now look at only the good bands from the old days, as only their music endured. In terms of music, America is equal to Europe
    Tok
    i think the england vs. america thing is becoming irrelevant. personally i think that now more than ever the gap between the two countries is widening, with america seemingly more classic sounding or corporate and england listening to increasingly bizarre acts - with regard to the mainstream acts anyway. personally, i tend to prefer british music nowadays as it seems more relevant to me. i prefer listening to things i can relate to as opposed to hearing about american life (and this is coming from a massive springsteen fan). just my humble opinion anyway and this by no means applies strictly to everything
    rickyj
    Rock'n'Roller wrote: I just noted the irony in robert plant saying this seeing as he is an englishman who plays american styles of music But yeahh atm in terms of rock music the Americans are more influencial Which is a pity seeing as more and more awful bands are appearing in the English rock scene
    you must have only heard of the good american bands then. over here the only bands that have a chance of gettin a top 10 album are classic bands like metallica and megadeth
    SilverSpurs616
    teamed with renowned guitarist- songwriter Buddy Miller and singer-songwriter Peter Griffin.
    fix'd
    GaryS
    Early Cuyler wrote: its because us americans are wild.. reckless.. brits are so uptight. thanks for the compliment Sir Plant..... he was knighted, right? thats one thing you brits have i wish we did... i want to be a ****ing knight.
    Did you mean for that to all rhyme?
    Echoplex
    Really? I think that American music is crap unless it's in a style that was created/developed by Americans. When Americans try to imitate other country's music, it's rarely as good. There are exceptions, of course, but for the most part, my favorite music comes from northern Europe.
    Ktool The Girth
    jrcsgtpeppers wrote: ^ there are just so many more bad bands now that people think all music now sucks back in the 60's, there werent too many terrible bands there were tons of good bands but now, there are tons of good bands, but just so so many bad bands its ridiculous as for england v america its 50 : 50 now a days, i dont think england holds up a fight anymore so id say america is where its at
    There were just as many terrible bands back in the 60s if not more than there are today. The only difference is no one remembers the bad ones.
    JesusIsAwesome
    zhilo95 wrote: Everyone says music was better in the sixties. I disagree, I think it's the same. Every period has bad musicians. Its just that we now look at only the good bands from the old days, as only their music endured. In terms of music, America is equal to Europe
    but isn't america in europe?
    piliauski
    Well until the 60's most forms of modern music came from America,i.e. jazz,blues,rock and roll,country ect. These are all forms of American music. Then from the Sixties on it was a free for all and we influenced each other(U.S. and U.K.) BUt until the 60's The U.S. did most of the influencing
    JesusIsAwesome
    piliauski wrote: Well until the 60's most forms of modern music came from America,i.e. jazz,blues,rock and roll,country ect. These are all forms of American music. Then from the Sixties on it was a free for all and we influenced each other(U.S. and U.K.) BUt until the 60's The U.S. did most of the influencing
    that's what YOU think.
    piliauski
    @jesusisawesome its not what I think its a fact.Now your name is a matter of opinion.
    flemjammin
    JDZYX wrote: 'After a New York listening party for his new album Band Of Joy' 'Bandy Of Joy is said to follow in the footsteps of Plants last acclaimed record' Wait, so, is it Bandy of Joy or Band of Joy?
    it doesn't even say bandy anywhere
    guitarsftw
    There is a lot of great music from all places in the world. I REALLY appreciate good ol' Americana music as well as American urban music, and I would say that I listen to American music more overall, but if one is unable to at least appreciate music from all over the globe, then that is a display of immense ignorance.
    SGmaniac1021
    It's been mainly a shift in talent between America and Europe over the years.....it jumps back and forth. That's the healthy way music works....we keep drawing influence from the other's new thing. I agree, at this point it appears as though America has that slight edge.
    pwrmax
    There was a time when it was good musicians that became famous because people would buy their records. Then people stopped buying music so it doesn't really matter anymore.
    JDZYX
    'After a New York listening party for his new album Band Of Joy' 'Bandy Of Joy is said to follow in the footsteps of Plants last acclaimed record' Wait, so, is it Bandy of Joy or Band of Joy?
    bowdowntomono
    I'd say it's 50:50 really, in terms on decent music. My favourite bands are generally British or European, but there's a lot of American stuff I do listen to.
    flame843
    it's band of joy haha. personally i think if america has an advantage in musical vision over britain, it's a coincidence, because both countries have a really active musical culture. great musical genius has come and continues to come from all parts of the world.
    Jacobrivers8
    bowdowntomono : I'd say it's 50:50 really, in terms on decent music. My favourite bands are generally British or European, but there's a lot of American stuff I do listen to.
    Yea same here
    TrippyLantern
    There seems to be a "game of catch" with the great music in America and England. There will be a period of great music in America, which will inspire a period of great music in England, and then another in America inspired by the English music. This has been going back and forth for a while, and I love it.
    Kankuro1
    TrippyLantern wrote: There seems to be a "game of catch" with the great music in America and England. There will be a period of great music in America, which will inspire a period of great music in England, and then another in America inspired by the English music. This has been going back and forth for a while, and I love it.
    It stopped in the 00's though. Neither side had better music, and the good bands from each country were covered by all the crap.
    jrcsgtpeppers
    ^ there are just so many more bad bands now that people think all music now sucks back in the 60's, there werent too many terrible bands there were tons of good bands but now, there are tons of good bands, but just so so many bad bands its ridiculous as for england v america its 50 : 50 now a days, i dont think england holds up a fight anymore so id say america is where its at
    SharpObject
    Isn't it crazy to think that substance in music used to actually sell? Like that awesome wave of psychedelia from the late 60's? There were plenty of good bands then mostly English. The thing is, now that pop controls the charts it's more difficult to determine just how much good music is out there because not much of it is on the charts
    JesusIsAwesome
    The beatles are a great american band, i can't wait for their next album. Elvis just got famous for stealing american style. Same with metallica.
    DCBA25
    I'm looking forward to hearing what the three of them will put together. I do hope they take things a bit psychedelic at times, my cuppa tea!
    Cafas
    The only real difference between music now vs music 'back in the day' is that, more often than not, musicians in the 50s, 60s, and 70s had at the very least a basic appreciation of lots of music. It was normal to listen to jazz, rock, R&B, delta blues, pop, folk, what have you, and I think that's missing from today's music. I don't believe this is a bad thing, but I definitely think there is a huge generational gap of bands being influenced by roots music and then modern bands being influenced by the former, but not necessarily the latter. I'm not trying to imply that musicians today don't have eclectic taste though, far from it. There is always vital music being made, regardless of year or genre. You just need to look harder sometimes and open your mind a bit.
    Early Cuyler
    its because us americans are wild.. reckless.. brits are so uptight. thanks for the compliment Sir Plant..... he was knighted, right? thats one thing you brits have i wish we did... i want to be a ****ing knight.
    DarkPoet4U
    Exactly, everyone seems to think Americans steal from the Brits when really... come one, Zep has been known for stealing. Willie was smart to sue Zep, but poor Spirit didn't. "Taurus" by Spirit (look it up and be shocked)
    Rock'n'Roller
    I just noted the irony in robert plant saying this seeing as he is an englishman who plays american styles of music But yeahh atm in terms of rock music the Americans are more influencial Which is a pity seeing as more and more awful bands are appearing in the English rock scene
    Tenma
    America, in my opinion, is the best when it comes to music simply becuase our music honestly isn't original in a sense, becuase america draws upon all its influences which is everyone, every country and makes something new out of all of it. Thats just how america works
    Doodleface
    In my eyes (and ears), every band/artist that has come out of America that I am a fan of has only emulated and been influenced by European and Canadian music I love. I love Dream Theater, but they were heavily influenced by Rush, The Beatles, Genesis, and Queen. Just an example.
    ticklemeemo
    In my opinion, the best music is music that is influenced by all sorts of genres and artists from different periods in time. Bands like Muse and Avenged Sevenfold are obviously aware of the roots of their respective genres: Muse has plenty of Queen and Zeppelin-esque influence, as well as the Beatles and other British bands. Avenged Sevenfold have really diverse bits on songs like Dear God or Sidewinder, you can tell they listen to old-time blues like SRV or Hendrix or country like Chet Atkins. When you understand your roots it really translates well into your music.