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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

S3E5: Tall Cool One

2020-09-2015:572

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…
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’…
S3E3: Song To The Siren

S3E3: Song To The Siren

2020-08-2218:382

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…
S3E2: 29 Palms

S3E2: 29 Palms

2020-08-1012:411

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…
S3E1: Morning Dew

S3E1: Morning Dew

2020-07-2718:57

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… 
S2E6: Big Log

S2E6: Big Log

2019-12-0816:524

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
S2E5: Carry Fire

S2E5: Carry Fire

2019-11-2415:449

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? 
S2E4: Monkey

S2E4: Monkey

2019-11-1013:493

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
S2E3: Battle Of Evermore

S2E3: Battle Of Evermore

2019-10-2715:163

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
S2E2: Ohio

S2E2: Ohio

2019-10-1313:233

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
S2E1: Tin Pan Valley

S2E1: Tin Pan Valley

2019-09-2917:174

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 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..."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
S1E6: I Get A Thrill

S1E6: I Get A Thrill

2019-08-1109:28:113

In the final episode of the first series, we discover what happened when Robert Plant got into the studio with a collection of legendary guitar gunslingers like Jeff Beck, Nile Rogers, Brian Setzer and his onetime bandmate Jimmy Page, and indulged his love of early ‘50s rock and roll and jump blues. We’re cookin’ now Daddio!Series 2 coming soon...
S1E5: Nothin'

S1E5: Nothin'

2019-07-2822:176

In 2007 Robert and Alison Krauss released an album called ‘Raising Sand’. Something of an instant classic, its huge Grammy-winning success is only superseded by the beautiful musicianship and stunning singing. This episode focuses on how Robert and Alison first came to work together and one specific track that they created…
The next stop on our musical map is Robert’s first post-Led Zeppelin album, 'Pictures at Eleven' from 1982. A step into brand new territory, but which featured a killer list of musicians by his side including a couple of "kick-ass" drummers.
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.
S1E2: Bones Of Saints

S1E2: Bones Of Saints

2019-06-1617:1710

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.
S1E1: Calling To You

S1E1: Calling To You

2019-05-3132:2425

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…
A brand new podcast series from Robert Plant.
Comments (37)

Stu Cook

As a musician myself, it's always nice to hear from a fellow muso what goes into their creative process as well as down-to-earth stories from their history. What a genuinely nice guy! 👍

Oct 29th
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Scott Hall

i was so lucky to have seen the"No Quarter" tour in 1995!! great great memories

Oct 26th
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Richard Lammas

Living in Mullion in Cornwall. And having read Sandy Denny's Biography recently. I learned she holidayed here once as a child 👍

Aug 9th
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Richard Lammas

Always loved your music. Loved seeing you live as Band of Joy@ the Shed in Stourbridge

Aug 9th
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Jen R

Saw you in Bend, Oregon last October. Love hearing your voice. You still got it❤ I hope you come back this way again.

Jul 27th
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Dave S

I'd love to hear Robert's thoughts on Carouselambra. Underrated and fascinating song with very interesting lyrics.

Dec 12th
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Tim Humphries

really great series. loving it !

Dec 9th
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JoAnn Black

YES ANOTHER HONEYDRIPPERS ALBUM FOR SURE + TOUR IT ❣ WHAT A GREAT NEW YEARS EVE SHOW. Our generation especially would really be on board. We could dance + not look like a bunch of crazed elders.

Nov 11th
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JoAnn Black

Thank you Robert for teaching me so much about creative process + life in general. You have been in my top five most influential people in my life since I was 13 years old. You always have a plate at my table. It would be my honor to cook for you. The only other man in the world I said that to was President Barack Obama. ❤ Keep it coming Robert

Nov 11th
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Mark Farren

love your podcasts Robert.

Sep 13th
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GeorgeMurgia Draney

I still shake, Mr. Plant. 70 yrs. age: Woodstock, to the meaning of ' What You Say ' every word thanks GRD

Sep 8th
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Ivan

If Zeppelin was like a car and it crashed beyond repair, then Robert is that memorable horn that keeps going.

Aug 22nd
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KT Schmidt

what I love about Robert is throughout all the sixties and seventies debauchery he came clean and has led apure life. kept away from heavy drugs and alcohol. Good for him. Good for us.

Aug 16th
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KT Schmidt

No Comments? Robert, you are a legend.

Aug 15th
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Maria Hernandez

thank you Robert what a magnificent podcast ❤🎶🎵🎼

Aug 1st
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Rachel

I love this song! 💝💝💝

Jul 30th
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Marie-Anne Bingen

🤩😍!! So good.

Jul 28th
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Chris Snyder

I love him and his music!

Jul 25th
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Frank Vaccari

Would like to have heard more from the early years and albums of Zeppelin

Jul 16th
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Maria Hernandez

😍❤

Jul 3rd
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