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Robert Plant Joins North Mississippi Allstars for Surprise Recording Session

Rounder RecordsRobert Plant is lending his blues harp chops to a new project from the North Mississippi Allstars.

The former Led Zeppelin frontman made a surprise appearance at a recent recording session the band was holding at Memphis' famed Royal Studios, reports The Memphis Flyer

"It was unexpected," studio owner Boo Mitchell tells the paper.  The Allstars' Luther and Cody Dickinson had opened shows for Plant in the past and they had discussed the idea of working together without making specific plans.  But with both the Allstars and Plant in town for gigs, the time apparently seemed right for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

"We let him use Al Green's mic," says Mitchell, whose father, Willie, famously produced classic sessions for Green at the studio in the 1970s.  "He dug the sound and the fact that we haven't changed anything.  He had a fabulous time."

The sessions did have one small hitch, Mitchell recounts -- when Plant dropped his harmonica into some Indian incense and a replacement needed to be found.  But, says Boo, "He should play harmonica more than he does. He is a bad-ass harmonica player."

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