Daily Song Study

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

In songs on November 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

A song’s provenance can sometimes be as interesting as the song itself (and indeed sometimes more so, depending on the quality of the tune). In this case, here we have a song written by Sam Phillips, the former wife of producer T-Bone Burnett, who it so happens is responsible for the Allison Krauss/Robert Plant duo album Raising Sand that came out in 2007. Though Burnett & Phillips had separated by the time of the Krauss/Plant project, Burnett nonetheless had the new super-duo record one of Phillips’ songs that she wouldn’t release herself until the following year.

In this case, the song is just as interesting. A sort of spooky gypsy tune done in a style as reminiscent of Tom Waits as of Burnett, it is one of the weirder pieces that Krauss has likely ever sung, and she pulls it off extremely well. Phillips also probably doesn’t mind the additional publishing revenue…

  1. […] always been obvious that the man has gifts, and the album he put out last year with T-Bone Burnett (my hero) showcases them right upside your head, most notably on today’s […]

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