Robert Plantâ€™s late-career surge is as much about his music as it is the people that have joined him. First, he reemerged with bluegrass maven Alison Krauss for the Grammy-winning Raising Sand (2007), and then welcomed some of Americanaâ€™s heaviest hitters to create the lauded, Grammy-nominated follow-up, Band of Joy (2010).
In February 2011, the Band of Joy â€“ Plant, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Marco Giovino and Byron House – took the stage at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The performance was filmed for a Live from the Artists Den broadcast and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD filed under the same name . The career-spanning set includes reworked Led Zeppelin classics (â€œBlack Dog,â€ â€œTangerine,â€ â€œGallows Poleâ€), early solo material (â€œIn the Moodâ€), and choice cuts from the most recent album, Band of Joy (â€œAngel Dance,â€ â€œHouse of Cardsâ€). And while Plantâ€™s compositions are as energetic and polished as ever, the highlights of the performance appear in the middle of the set, when the show takes a â€œsongwriters in-the-roundâ€ feel with each of Miller, Griffin, and Scott stepping into the spotlight to deliver their own vocal performances, including an impressive reading of the classic â€œA Satisfied Mind.â€
Live from the Artists Den is a highly satisfying souvenir from one of 2011â€™s best tours. It brilliantly captures the sights, sounds, and magic of this stunning collective.
Live from the Artists Den is out now on Universal.