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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Nokia Theatre
Grand Prairie, Texas
07/07/2008
08:00 PM

Concert Review by
Paul Ridenour

Alison Krauss does not disappoint and her band with T-Bone Burnett are excellent musicians, including Norman Blake from O Brother Where Art Thou fame.  Going to her concerts is like sitting in a living room with perfect sound and music.  T-Bone is from Ft. Worth and producer of O Brother Where Art Thou.

This time, she is with Robert Plant doing songs from their CD Raising Sand.

She is a very pretty woman who stands there and sings wonderfully and plays the fiddle with ease.  She occasionally smiles and you know she is having a good time but the music comes first.

My high school friend Ken Nance who died in 2003 would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that Alison Krauss did an CD with Robert Plant.  He is a big Krauss fan but he also grew up in the 1970s where the song "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin was played everyday for three years on the cafeteria jukebox at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas.

You knew she would do something from the movie soundtrack O Brother Where Are Thou, but seeing Robert Plant sing backup vocals with two other guys while Alison sang "Down To The River To Pray" was just amazing.  It was interesting hearing Robert sing about God and walking through the door of Heaven.  He said during the show "It's time for church" and it was like old time Blue Grass/Traditional Gospel.

Of course, we thought he might sing some Zeppelin songs and he did.

They sang a slow blue grass/country version of "Black Dog."  One song started out sounding exactly like a Zeppelin song which freaked me out.  Plant began to sing "The Battle of Evermore" with Alison.  That was very good.  The encore had three/four songs and one of them was "When The Levee Breaks." 

Would he also do one of his solo songs?  He would.  He and Alison did an excellent version of "In The Mood."

Plant was having a good time being surrounded by great musicians and singing some of these old American songs.

Of course, the song "Please Read The Letter" from their CD, written by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Michael Lee, and Charlie Jones, was just fantastic.

Another highlight of the night was Alison singing ethereally on "Trampled Rose."

Only a couple of problems during the show.  The guy running the camera for the jumbo screens was terrible.  Shadows kept getting in the way and he seemed to never have the camera on the right guitar player and not enough close-up shots.

The drummer was a big guy in a suit and although he was good, he seemed to be struggling.  A couple of songs did not end together and I think it was because of the drummer.  I'm a drummer, so what do I know?

If you haven't heard their CD Raising Sand, purchase it and go see them when they come to your town.

Here is a good review of the CD - http://www.thebostonchannel.com/columnists/14598858/detail.html#

Set List (not 100% sure)

Rich Woman
Leave My Woman Alone
Black Dog
Sister Rosetta Goes before Us
Through the Morning, Through the Night
Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson
Fortune Teller
In the Mood / Matty Groves / In the Mood
Black Country Woman
Shut It Tight
Bon Temps Roule
Trampled Rose
Green Pastures
Down to the River to Pray
Killing the Blues
Nothin'
The Battle of Evermore
Please Read the Letter
Gone Gone Gone

Encore

I'm a One Woman Man
Your Long Journey
When the Levee Breaks