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.