Robert Plant is back in the studio, and has just finished recording a full length CD with his old band.  Sorry Zeppelin fans, the “old band” I am speaking of is the Band of Joy, the experimental blues outfit he played in with John Bonham before his days in Led Zeppelin.  The new Band of Joy isn’t a proper reunion however, but instead a pretty much completely different (but impressive) lineup  featuring singer Patty Griffin, guitarist Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House, and multi instrumentalist Darrell Scott.

The new album is set to release on September 14th, but the band has released the first single from the album “Angel Dance”, a cover of a pretty cool Los Lobos tune.  The new album will have plenty of original material, but will also contain a few other covers including  Townes Van Zandt’s “Harms Swift Way”.

Rolling Stone has just debuted the first single “Angel Dance” in a free stream on their website, which you can check out here.  Enjoy.

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Curt is the Editor of Merchants of Rock. He also hates mayonnaise.