Plant & Krauss: Summer Tour Sparks Surprising Mix of Banter & Mutual Admiration

You might not expect a comedy routine during a conversation with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. But the rock ‘n’ roll lion and the bluegrass chanteuse, who became an unlikely musical pair 17 years ago with their rootsy collaboration “Raising Sand,” are proving to be not just masters of harmony but also of humor.

In a joint interview just days before the June 2 launch of another summer of touring behind “Raise the Roof,” their 2021 acclaimed follow-up to the Grammy-winning “Raising Sand,” the pair showcased their relaxed, playful, and exceptionally respectful dynamic.

The two started teasing each other right away, arguing about when their last tour finished (spoiler alert: it was in July). They teased one other about possible setlist modifications for this run of events, and it became apparent that fans would be in for more than just great music.

With a cheeky smile directed toward Plant, Krauss joked, “We’ve been at this for a while now, so we’ve developed this kind of telepathic connection.”

“Yeah, except when it comes to remembering tour dates,” Plant countered, his signature wit on full display.

Their ability to combine comedy and mutual respect for each other’s skills in a seamless way gives their performances a surprising level of enthusiasm. Aside from a demonstration of musical skill, fans attending their performances can anticipate an up-close look at the sincere friendship between these two music industry titans.

And it’s not just the jokes that are making people notice. The chemistry between Plant and Krauss onstage is palpable, with each performance feeling like a musical conversation between old friends. From the haunting melodies of “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” to the soulful rendition of “Please Read the Letter,” their setlist promises to be a journey through the depths of Americana, infused with their unique blend of rock, blues, and folk.

But perhaps what’s most striking about Plant and Krauss is their unwavering respect for each other’s artistry. Despite coming from vastly different musical backgrounds, they’ve found common ground in their shared love for storytelling through song. It’s this mutual admiration that elevates their performances beyond mere entertainment and transforms them into transcendent experiences.

As they gear up to hit the road once again, Plant and Krauss are poised to captivate audiences with not only their musical talents but also their infectious humor and genuine camaraderie. So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply curious to witness the magic unfold, one thing’s for certain – this summer tour is not to be missed.

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