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Although Jimmy Page says the prospects for a Led Zeppelin reunion aren't looking good, fans may well have the considerable consolation of a rocking new Robert Plant solo record to look forward to in 2013.

Band of Joy guitarist and producer Buddy Miller tells Rolling Stone that the Led Zeppelin singer visited his home studio in Nashville last year for a casual joint songwriting session that proved fertile, yielding an inspired batch of songs that the pair quickly recorded with Band of Joy drummer Marco Giovino.

"We didn't mean to, but we sort of wrote a record's worth [of material] and I said, 'While we're doing this, why don't I put up some mics and document it,' because that's better than just trying to remember it or record it on your phone," Miller explains. "And it sounded so good I think we, you know, accidentally made a record."

It's not finished yet, and there's no indication whether Plant will actually release it when it is, so Miller chooses his words carefully. "I don't know how much [Robert] would want me talkin' about it," he says, though he does allow that the songs they recorded would make for a raw counterpart to Plant's 2010 LP Band of Joy. "If the last record might be pastoral, parts of it, [this one's] much more tribal; it's much more urgent and tribal and, dare I say, rockin'!"

Plant has plenty to keep him busy for now, between the new Celebration Day concert film and news that Jimmy Page is working on remastered box sets for each of Zeppelin's albums, which means it may take a while for the new songs to surface. "He's Robert Plant and he can do whatever he wants to," Miller says. "He's got some Zeppelin stuff coming up now, so it's going to be next year before [the record] sees the light of day, that's what we're talking about."

Plant wasn't the only English singer to stop by Miller's place. Richard Thompson also found himself cutting tracks there, after the producer persuaded him during a visit to Nashville earlier this year. "I said, ‘Hey, you're in Nashville, how can you not [utilize] a few of these amazing players we have here?'"

As a result, Miller, Thompson and Thompson's rhythm section worked up an album in just a couple of weeks. "I played along on the record, playing rhythm guitar for him, and I got a two-week guitar lesson while he camped out in my house," Miller said of the sessions, which featured contributions from famed bluegrass fiddler Stuart Duncan and Alison Krauss, who sings on a song.

Thompson has yet to settle on a title for the album, which is due next year on New West Records. "We're going back and forth on the title," Miller says, joking. "So I wouldn't want to say, because what I'd have to say now, I'm hoping will change."

Miller also recently teamed with singer-songwriter and Americana architect Jim Lauderdale for Buddy & Jim, a duets record due December 10th on New West. "We made it in three days, but it's so good it sounds like it took four," Miller jokes. In August the pair also launched the Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel.

From: Rolling Stone
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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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