A stopover in Sweden in late May saw Robert, along with the other members of Led Zeppelin, receive the prestigious Polar Music Prize.His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented the award to Led Zeppelin in the presence of other dignitaries with the following words: 2006 closed with the worldwide release of Nine Lives (Rhino), a beautifully designed boxed set containing all of Plant's solo work since '81-accompanied by outtakes, live cuts, and a DVD with contributions from Tori Amos, Phil Collins, Roger Daltrey, Bobby Gillespie, and Lenny Kravitz, among others.The first such partnership was with Terry Reid - the two became friends playing on the progressive music circuit of the mid-60s; the second was with bandleader Alexis Korner, with whom Plant worked as harmonica player and co-vocalist in various Korner ventures, many of which featured pianist Steve Miller and were featured as the opening act for the band Free.

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Attending a high brow event for Lead Belly, Plant talked about how he and Krauss came to be by meeting through a mutual friend. Why don't you come along and do a couple Lead Belly pieces?

So we started doing 'In the Pines,'" the legendary artist stated.

Plant said no but would love to make another record with Griffin and then went on to say, "Alison and I are always talking about was a collection of songs written or performed by other artists - many tracks that were also not that well known - including Plant's own "Please Read the Letter" that he and Jimmy Page recorded for their 1998 set .

Plant and Krauss mingled their whispery voices for most the album as heard on the slower paced "Killing the Blues" and the uptempo "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)." As with many collaboration records, they each had their own solo tracks as well.

2007 finds Robert working on album number three with Strange Sensation, leaning again towards the music of the muse - exotic, explosive, and detailed.

Along the way he performed with Tinariwen, the Malian Tuareg cooperative who received huge critical acclaim for the Justin Adams produced CD Aman Iman, singing and playing spooked tenor ukelele at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris in April.

In 1966, Robert Plant left home, left college, left work, and turned professional.

By 1967 he had cut 6 sides for CBS, formed the Band of Joy with John Bonham, and created two crucial working partnerships.

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It is an album that uncovers popular music's elemental roots while sounding effortlessly timeless.