The following story is courtesy of David Hinckley from Nydailynews.com regarding tonight's CMT special featuring LED ZEPPELIN legend ROBERT PLANT and bluegrass star ALISON KRAUSS:
"You've got a great voice," says Robert Plant, leaning over the table toward Alison Krauss. "And I've got a ... smoky voice. And it works."
He's right. It does. Pairing the crank-it-up front man for Led Zeppelin with the subtlest, most angelic voice in bluegrass music turns out to be a splendid notion, and watching them sing and talk this evening is an hour well-spent.
Moreover, the "Crossroads" pairing is not as unlikely as it might first seem.
Krauss has always said she grew up with Led Zep and AC/DC alongside Flatt and Scruggs, and she clearly loves the idea of getting a chance to sing 'Black Dog'.
Plant, while he made his reputation singing over Jimmy Page's guitar and John Bonham's drums, has the heart of a roots musician. It wasn't an accident he had his biggest solo hit with the '50s ballad "Sea of Love," and he speaks enthusiastically and articulately about folk, blues and country music.
So this pairing does the same thing for him: It gives him license to do sing this other music without people thinking he's the guy who showed up at a turkey shoot with a fishing pole.
The most revealing moment of the night may come when Plant is singing a folksy old blues song and he points out that there's a gap in the narration, that one verse starts further along than the previous verse ended.
"Somewhere in 1928 someone threw away a verse," he says. "And now we don't know why ..."
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