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'It's stripped down and tribal and rocking': Producer Buddy Miller previews new Robert Plant album

Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.

His next project, producer Buddy Miller confirms, will be all original.Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.

When the album will arrive, however, remains up in the air. Miller says it's "just about done," save for a few small edits. The rest, he admits, is up to Zep's erstwhile frontman.Robert Plant has been in a reminiscent mood lately, releasing old Led Zeppelin material and offering two consecutive albums dominated by cover tunes.

Plant helped oversee the release last year of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day, focusing on the band's most recent reunion. His most recent studio efforts include 2010's Band of Joy, and 2007's Raising Sand with Alison Krauss.

He is also set to appear on three tracks from the forthcoming album by Patty Griffin, his band mate in Band of Joy.

But what about something from Plant himself?

Miller, in a talk with Radio.com, says the two got together with drummer Marco Giovino (who works with both Jim Lauderdale, and with Miller), and composed some new tracks in loose, improvisational session.



"So the three of us set up in my room," Miller remembers, "and I thought, 'Y'know, if we're gonna write, let me stick up some mics, and record it.' I'm glad I did: it actually sounded really good. It's exciting: I'd say it rocks harder than what we did before. We recorded most of it without a bass; I played baritone guitar, or six-string bass. It's stripped down and tribal and rocking."

While he waits, Miller also completed a new duo recording with Lauderdale, titled Buddy and Jim. Not that there's any friction over the elongated time table.

"He's Robert Plant, man," Miller enthuses. "He can do whatever he wants to do!"

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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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