Raising Sand

21 05 2008

Admittedly, I have a horrible problem.  It is none other than music attention deficit disorder and as a result, I recently placed myself on itunes purchasing restrictions.  Perhaps I am a result of the society in which we live, where no one is satisfied and to fulfill our gluttony, we purchase more and more.  Another possible reason for all of my music purchases might resonate with the hearts of many, as the current state of music and the music industry is dismal. Popular music, music on the shelves of the super stores is simply, pitiful. 


Luckily, I have a music refuge, a place to retreat and find peace again.  My sure fire “go to” songs and cd’s are all bluegrass, folk, blues, alt country, and anything instrumental.  In all actuality, I should clear out my music library and start a new collection of music I enjoy, instead of hitting the skip button while my ipod operates in shuffle mode. 


Just when you believe all hope to be lost in a sea of tweens and back up dancers, you find an album that if in the least, inspires you to believe.  For me, one such album is, “Raising Sand,” released in October of 2007 by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.  Initially, the lady of bluegrass and the son of rock and roll seem to be an unlikely pair, but the sounds put forth on this album are nothing less than spectacular. 


Throughout the album, songs echo music produced separately by Krauss and Plant.  Songs are a little bit of bluegrass here and a dash of 70’s rock and roll there, and others are entirely submerged underneath a blanket of both influences, uncovering a sound that is fresh, alive and also very comforting.  Comforting in regard to music styles I already love, which greet me with the pure tone of Krauss’ voice and the unmistakable vocal style of Plant.


Interestingly enough, all of the songs are covers from lesser-known songwriters, and this album redefines the artists’ ability to negotiate melodies.  Some of my personal favorites include “Poly Come Home,” “Through the Morning, Through the Night,” “Please Read the Letter,” and “Stick with Me Baby.” Most certainly, “Killing the Blues,” just might take the cake and be the star of the album, but each song is able to stand independently with equal greatness.


The beauty of folk, country, and bluegrass music is the art form of storytelling and this is captured within “Raising Sand,” and is prepared as a feast for all listeners.  Hopefully lovers of either Krauss or Plant will be encouraged to take a listen, enjoy the stories and relish for a moment in the beautiful, unadulterated music.



It is the simple remedy for all of us with music A.D.D. 










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14 04 2010
Jakob Dylan: Women and Country « Sweet Iced Tea

[…]  Country strums, in addition to the harmonies echo the highly awarded compilations between Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, and Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler.  Hopefully Women and Country will be equally as noted in […]

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