In his nearly 50-year career, former Led Zeppelin vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Robert Plant has gone to far distant lands as intrepid musical explorer, collaborating with musicians like Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, and Patty Griffin.
To write and produce lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, though, he returned to his native England, enriched by all he has seen, heard, and investigated. For the last few years, Plant has lived and recorded in America, working with musicians in Nashville, residing for a spell in Austin, and making time to drive along the byways of Mississippi, fueled by the sound of the delta blues that has inspired him since he was a teenager (a car journey recollected in the new “Turn It Up”).
He had previously traversed North and West Africa, following the trail of the blues back to the desert, where he famously joined nomadic Tuareg musicians and others at the renowned Festival of the Desert in Essakene, Mali.
But now his creative wanderings have led him back to his native England and a rediscovery – – and a reappraisal — of himself as an artist and songwriter. More than any artist of his generation, Plant, an indisputable rock legend, continues to surprise and challenge his audience — and himself – – with music that is smart, exciting, and completely of the moment. His decades of experience, his incredible legacy as the front man of Led Zeppelin and as a solo artist, only serve to keep pushing him forward.
He’s steeped in history but his ears are attuned to the entire world around him, listening for the future .