Raising Sand has been out, and I’ve enjoyed it for so long it almost seems like old news to have the Grammy’s honor this magnificent musical collaboration between Allison Krauss and Robert Plant. It pairs Plant’s fierce dedication to old-fashioned American blues refracted through his British rocker lens, with Krauss’ gorgeously refined voice and traditional musical sensibility. The collaboration works and offers musical choices both weird and wonderful. Its five Grammy awards are richly deserved.
A hearty mazel tov to Pete Seeger for a Grammy possibly even more richly deserved, considering it comes at the age of 89. He won for Pete Seeger at 89. Also, highly recommended is Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Grammy winner, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu.
For all the winners see the Grammy site.