By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Just because Robert Plant isn’t getting together with his Led Zeppelin bandmates for a reunion tour this year doesn’t mean he’s not keeping busy.
The rocker recently teamed up with his Band of Joy counterpart (and longtime girlfriend) Patty Griffin for a duet on her song “Ohio;” the first single off of Griffin’s upcoming album American Kid.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Griffin discussed Plant’s involvement in the song, which chronicles the story of the Underground Railroad.
"I had the song in an odd shape and couldn't really figure out how to use it. [Plant] came in and arranged it so that it became what it is. He came up with the tempo and the mood on it," Griffin explained.
Besides his recent work in the studio, Robert Plant has also been performing live with his other project, The Sensational Space Shifters. The group is currently on tour in Australia through April 3, after which it will play dates in Tasmania and New Zealand.
Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are also scheduled to perform at the JamBase Live Festival in George, WA on July 6, and were most recently announced as a part of the 2013 Forecastle Festival lineup, which takes place July 12 – 14, 2013 in Louisville, KY.
Additionally, Robert Plant’s Band of Joy is rumored to be releasing a new album sometime this year.
For Patty Griffin’s entire interview with USA Today, and to hear “Ohio,” click here, and head to Robert Plant’s official website for more updates.