Bluebirds Over The Mountain - Robert Plant

from the album Carry Fire (2017)

One of the things I dig most about Robert Plant is the way he has managed to subtly recast himself throughout his post-Zeppelin career.  It started in the 80s with songs like Big Log and In The Mood. This is allowed by his collaborations with female Americana and Folk artist, with my favorites including his remake of Killing The Blues with Alison Krauss and Ohio with Patty Griffin.

His rendition of Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down with his Band of Joy is the cherry on top.

On his latest album, it is a duet with a rock and roll lady that has caught my fancy.  On Bluebirds Over The Mountain, he sings with none other than Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, the smoky velvet and confidence of her voice casting a new angle on Robert Plant's master vocals.

I really dig how he hangs back in the song, never overshadowing the other singers or musicians, and then in the outro he lets loose with some Zeppelin-inspired moans.

I am also excited to hear a resurrection of Bluebirds Over The Mountain, a song originally written and sung by Ersel Hickey nearly sixty years ago.  Ersel Hickey was a talented rockabilly singer of the the Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran era who overcame some pretty rough early circumstances to realize a successful music career.  Check out Ersel !!!

Click Here to watch an animated motion graphic of Robert Plant's rendition of Bluebirds Over The Mountain.

Click Here to watch Robert Plant and his band perform live earlier this month on BBC 6.  Great stuff.

Click Here to read my May 2012 blog post on Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down by Robert Plant.

Click Here to read my February 2014 blog post on Ohio by Patty Griffin, featuring Robert Plant.