‘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.

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.

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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