Digging Deep with Robert Plant

Digging Deep with Robert Plant

Robert Plant’s music is the result of a lifetime striding around the globe, from The Midlands to Morocco, from Nashville to North Wales, and the influences and friends collected along the way can be heard in his songs. In this podcast he'll delve into his back catalogue to revisit a track from this remarkable history to tell stories of inspiration, collaboration and intervention. It’s Robert’s personal road map to an incredible and personal journey that’s ongoing to this very day…

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September 20, 2020 15 min

So what is the identity of The Tall Cool One? Who is the mysterious figure that provides the title for this 1988 single from his Now and Zen album? Is it Robert? Is it someone else from the 80s era of stadium rock? Where does that riff come from? And how did Robert go about sampling Zeppelin and inserting it into his own music? We have at least some of the answers for you…

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This episode concerns a song taken from Robert’s 2007 album Mighty ReArranger, but as is often the case with Digging Deep, the path we take starts of with the creation of a track, but we also find ourselves discussing what songs Robert wishes he’d written, how he uses his voice as an instrument, the recent performance of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Willie Nelson’s generous nature when it comes to keeping his fans ‘relaxed’…

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August 22, 2020 18 min

Some songs weave in and out of history, surfacing with different singers, in new versions and interpreted in different ways; each adds something new to the layers of meaning around the original. The beautiful ‘Song to the Siren’ is one of them. Originally written by folk hero Tim Buckley, over the years it has been recorded by Sinéad O'Connor, Sheila Chandra and This Mortal Coil. Robert added his name to the list of artists in ...

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August 10, 2020 12 min

29 Palms (or Twentynine Palms as it's sometimes known) is a city in San Bernardino County, California. It nestles next to the Joshua Tree National Park, is home to the world's largest Marine Corps training base, a ragtag community of artists and musicians, and an “electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel”. So, yes, It's an Interesting place. It’s also the inspiration behind the song that R...

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July 27, 2020 18 min

Digging Deep with Robert Plant has returned! And this is a very special season, as for the very first time the show was recorded live in front of an audience and includes questions set by Digging Deep listeners. But fear not, the music Robert has chosen to discuss, and his own personal stories and recollections are as fascinating and honest as ever. We start with a song that Robert covered in 2002 on his ‘Dreamland’ album; a track ...

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December 8, 2019 16 min

You’re probably familiar with the idea of musicians (especially Robert) describing their career as a journey, but sometimes songs go on travels themselves. Since being recorded for Robert’s second solo album, 1983’s The Principle of Moments, this track has surfaced on soundtracks, compilations and computer games, and even though the sound and production is a million miles away from his recent work, it’s become something of a favour...

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November 24, 2019 15 min

In this episode we get to know the title track from Robert’s most recent album from 2017. Ably supported by The Sensational Space Shifters, it's another whirling blend of sounds and atmospheres, but lyrically it's a mysterious one. There’s definitely a romantic heart within the song somewhere, but who is it beating for? And why? 

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November 10, 2019 13 min

In 2010 Robert assembled a new group - The Band of Joy - and recorded an album of the same name. It included cover versions old and new by artists like Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt and Milton Mapes. One highlight is an interpretation of the song ‘Monkey’ by the band Low. This dark, swampy, mysterious recording is the focus of this episode… “Turning way down low, telling me things I do not know I know. Tonight you will be mine...

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October 27, 2019 15 min

One of the joys of this series is that we span the whole of Robert’s career so far. We also get to enjoy the rare pleasure of the man himself talking about Led Zeppelin. It’s always an honour and an enlightening experience. This episode tackles a song from their legendary fourth album. A beautiful song, a wonderful lyric and a haunting double vocal from a folk music heroine (we also find out what Robert calls the album - IV? Runes?...

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October 13, 2019 13 min

Robert discusses 'Ohio', recorded for Patty Griffin's 2013 album 'American Kid'.

This season will be accompanied by a limited edition vinyl single box set which collects 16 tracks from across his solo career across eight 7” singles. Pre-order now: https://lnk.to/RP_DiggingDeep_Vinyl

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September 29, 2019 17 min

We're back! A new season of Digging Deep! New songs, new stories and new journeys to take. Season 2 finds us once again in the company of Robert and this time we visit the album 'Mighty ReArranger' from 2005. There's lots of questions for us: What song will he pick? What's the rhythm of a racing camel? And who is The Mighty ReArranger? As Robert himself says, "There's stuff to say..."

This season will...

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August 11, 2019 12 min

In the final episode of the first series, we discover what happened when Robert Plant got into the studio with a collection of legendary guitar gunslingers like Jeff Beck, Nile Rogers, Brian Setzer and his onetime bandmate Jimmy Page, and indulged his love of early ‘50s rock and roll and jump blues. We’re cookin’ now Daddio!


Series 2 coming soon...

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July 28, 2019 22 min

In 2007 Robert and Alison Krauss released an album called ‘Raising Sand’. Something of an instant classic, its huge Grammy-winning success is only superseded by the beautiful musicianship and stunning singing. This episode focuses on how Robert and Alison first came to work together and one specific track that they created…

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July 14, 2019 12 min

The next stop on our musical map is Robert’s first post-Led Zeppelin album, 'Pictures at Eleven' from 1982. A step into brand new territory, but which featured a killer list of musicians by his side including a couple of "kick-ass" drummers.

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July 1, 2019 17 min
This episode covers one of the most epic Led Zeppelin songs as Robert reveals the story and personal trauma behind the mighty 'Achilles Last Stand'. Starting our journey at the Riot House in Los Angeles on Halloween 1975, touching on the Iliad and ending up in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
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June 16, 2019 13 min
Robert’s next choice of song is ‘Bones Of Saints’, a track from his 2017 album Carry Fire, and this week he tackles Henryk Górecki, the Welsh mountains of Bala, the dynamic behind The Sensational Space Shifters and the thumb bone of Good King John.
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May 31, 2019 21 min
We start our journey with a track lifted from the 1993 album ‘Fate Of Nations’ with Robert looking back at the creation of a pretty bold song lifted from that record, and we also discuss why now was the right time to start this podcast series…
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