Hear Robert Plant’s New ‘Charlie Patton Highway’ Single
You can hear the track below.
As the parenthetical part of the title suggests, the song is a more organic and muscular version of "Turn it Up," which first appeared on Lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar, Plant's 2014 album with the Sensational Space Shifters. Guitarist Buddy Miller and drummer Marco Giovino, who joined the former Led Zeppelin singer on 2010's Band of Joy album, appear on the new version of the song.
"I spent time in the hill country of north Mississippi around Como, dropping back to Clarksdale, the incredible center of black music talent over the years," Plant said of the inspiration behind the song. "I weaved my car through the Delta back roads, listening to the remarkable protestations of Mississippi AM radio. I was looking at my world and my times from this unfamiliar place and found myself exposed to a nightmare world of half-truths.”
In addition to appearing on Digging Deep: Subterranea, a 30-track collection of songs from throughout Plant's solo career, "Charlie Patton Highway" is also slated for inclusion on an upcoming second Band of Joy collection. "I’ve done so many things," he told Classic Rock earlier this year. "I’ve got a whole album, Band of Joy II, that I did with Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin."
Plant was slated to introduce another new band, Saving Grace, to U.S. fans during a seven-date tour in May. Those plans were scuttled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, Plant launched the third season of his Digging Deep podcast, where he tells the stories behind songs from his solo and Led Zeppelin years.