Robert Plant’s new album, ‘Carry Fire’, will be released October 13th on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. ‘Carry Fire’, his eleventh solo album and first full-length release since 2014’s acclaimed ‘lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’, was produced by Robert at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios.
As with ‘lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar’, Robert is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.
Robert Plant and the Space Shifters are also joined on ‘Carry Fire’ by a number of special guests. Chrissie Hynde joins Robert on the duet ‘Bluebirds Over The Mountain’ (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys). Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performs on three tracks, as does the aforementioned Seth Lakeman on viola and fiddle.
“It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation”.
Full tracklisting for ‘Carry Fire’
1. The May Queen
2. New World…
3. Season’s Song
4. Dance With You Tonight
5. Carving Up The World Again… a wall and not a fence
6. A Way With Words
7. Carry Fire
8. Bones Of Saints
9. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent
Produced By Robert Plant
Fans who pre-order ‘Carry Fire’ from Amazon UK before 23:59 on Sunday the 20th August will gain ‘Priority Access’ to Robert Plant’s UK Tour and anyone who pre-orders a digital download from any digital music retailers will receive an instant download of the track ‘The May Queen’.
Robert Plant and the Space Shifters (which now includes Seth Lakeman who appeared on three tracks on ‘Carry Fire’) will play the following UK dates.
For details of how to access the pre-sale visit www.robertplant.com before 23:59 on the 20th August. Tickets go on general sale 25th August.
Thurs 16th Plymouth, Pavilions
Fri 17th Bristol, Colston Hall
Mon 20th Wolverhampton, Civic
Wed 22nd Llandudno, Venue Cymru
Fri 24th Newcastle, City Hall
Sat 25th Liverpool, Olympia
Mon 27th Glasgow, SEC Armadillo
Tues 28th Perth, Concert Hall
Thurs 30th Manchester, O2 Apollo
Sat 2nd Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sun 3rd Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Weds 6th Sheffield, City Hall
Fri 8th London, Royal Albert Hall
Mon 11th Portsmouth, Guildhall
Tues 12th Birmingham, Symphony Hall