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You might remember that ex-Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant took a turn toward alt-country with Alison Krauss, an effort that netted the duo five Grammys last year.
So it was no surprise to see Robert at the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show last night (Sept. 9) at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, hanging out with folks such as Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell.
What was surprising: After the Artist of the Year award was presented, Plant took over the stage and played an approximately 30-minute unannounced set, according to The Tennessean .
He played with an Americana all-star band of sorts, which included Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott, Byron House and Marco Giovino.
Plant wasn’t the only rocker there: John Mellencamp received the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting.