Digging Deep with Robert Plant

By Robert Plant

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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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S3E5: Tall Cool One

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…

Sep 20, 2020
S3E4: Shine It All Around

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’…

Sep 06, 2020
S3E3: Song To The Siren

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 2002, and here he explains why, and how he approaches performing a vocal for such a famous song…

Aug 22, 2020
S3E2: 29 Palms

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 Robert has chosen to talk about in this episode…

Aug 10, 2020
S3E1: Morning Dew

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 that could be described as ‘a post-apocalyptic psych folk classic’ with an incredible history… 

Jul 27, 2020
S2E6: Big Log

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 favourite for many, many people…

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

Dec 08, 2019
S2E5: Carry Fire

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? 

Nov 24, 2019
S2E4: Monkey

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, tonight the monkey dies..” 

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. The set is now available to pre-order: https://lnk.to/RP_DiggingDeep_Vinyl

Nov 10, 2019
S2E3: Battle Of Evermore

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? Untitled? Four Symbols? Or what?

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

Oct 27, 2019
S2E2: Ohio

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

Oct 13, 2019
S2E1: Tin Pan Valley

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 as 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..."

Sep 29, 2019
S1E6: I Get A Thrill
Aug 11, 2019
S1E5: Nothin'
Jul 28, 2019
S1E4: Like I’ve Never Been Gone
Jul 14, 2019
S1E3: Achilles Last Stand

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.

Jul 01, 2019
S1E2: Bones Of Saints

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.

Jun 16, 2019
S1E1: Calling To You

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…

May 31, 2019
Digging Deep with Robert Plant - Trailer

A brand new podcast series from Robert Plant. Coming soon...

Apr 05, 2019