October 14 2011
Throughout the month of October, we're celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Cafe. Each day, we'll revisit some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.
Today's episode of World Cafe is a celebration of Robert Plant. He's been a major figure in rock for more than 40 years, from leading Led Zeppelin to maintaining both a successful solo career and many award-winning collaborations. Most importantly, his deep understanding of blues-rock and willingness to push his own boundaries has left a lasting impression on artists all over the world.
Plant has been on World Cafe several times. In a 2007 interview (one of our best), he talks about discovering the music of Alison Krauss, an accomplished vocalist and fiddler who's been instrumental in bringing folk and bluegrass to a wider audience. Their Grammy-winning collaboration, Raising Sand, was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with legendary producer T-Bone Burnett, and finds the duo interpreting blues, R&B, folk and country by classic songwriters.
With his backing band Strange Sensation, Plant came by in 2005 after the release of The Mighty Rearranger, a blend of world and Western music that features World Cafe favorite "Shine It All Around." His co-writer Justin Adams joined Plant, and the two discuss their inspiring trip to Mali and the Festival of the Desert.
Finally, we'll revisit a 2002 interview, in which Plant tells one of his funniest stories — it involves pledging to a Portland public radio station so it would never again play "Stairway to Heaven."(link)
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy "Angel Dance" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Please Read the Letter" Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Rich Woman" Raising Sand
Robert Plant "Tin Pan Valley" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Robert Plant "Somebody Knocking" The Mighty Rearranger
Robert Plant "Red Dress" Dreamland
Robert Plant "Song to the Siren" Dreamland
Radiohead "Optimistic" Kid A
Lucinda Williams "2 Kool 2 B Forgotten" Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Ryan Adams "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)" Heartbreaker
The Dandy Warhols "Bohemian Like You" Bohemian Like You
TV On The Radio "Staring At The Sun" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
D'Angelo "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" Voodoo
Bob Dylan "Things Have Changed" Wonder Boys Soundtrack
Dreamers of the Ghetto "State of a Dream" Enemy/Lover
Dreamers of the Ghetto "Night Hawks" Enemy/Lover
Sarah Harmer "Basement Apartment" You Were Here
Shelby Lynne "Life Is Bad" I Am Shelby Lynne