Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, whose ‘Raising Sand’ album has emerged as one of the past year’s major critical and word-of-mouth sales success stories, will begin an extensive US and European tour April 20 with a brief run of dates in the mid-South. The two lauded musicians will then embark on an 11 date tour of Europe in May before commencing more North American dates for June and July (to be announced). With a band led by ‘Raising Sand’ producer T Bone Burnett, they will be performing songs together onstage from Raising Sand, as well as other songs from their careers.
Previewing the tour, on February 11, CMT will air “CMT Crossroads: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss,” featuring performances of songs from Raising Sand as well as material from both artists’ extensive catalogs.
Raising Sand debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart following its October 23 release on Rounder Records and was certified RIAA Gold soon after. “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On),” the first single from ‘Raising Sand,’ was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.” The song is the only track from the album eligible for this year’s Grammy Awards. The album and subsequent tracks from ‘Raising Sand’ will be eligible for nominations next year, at the 51st annual awards.
Confirmed Raising Sand North American tour dates are (More dates TBA):
**Tickets for these shows will go on sale Friday, January 25.
4/20/08 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
4/22/08 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
4/23/08 - Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
4/26/08 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena
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