Robert Plan recently shared Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones’ performance of “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV album. He took to his Twitter account and dropped the video clip with the caption:
“JPJ…in deep with a very special mix of people..contributing their gift to such a fine and ever growing cause..”
You can check it out below:
JPJ…in deep with a very special mix of people..contributing their gift to such a fine and ever growing cause..https://t.co/8pp8GDfUNy
— Robert Plant (@RobertPlant) February 21, 2022
John Paul Jones performs ‘When The Levee Breaks’
Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones recently joined an all-star cast in re-recording ‘When The Levee Breaks’, the first released by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929. The gained popularity when it was released by Jones’ former band Led Zeppelin in 1971 on their classic Led Zeppelin IV album.
It has been noted that the new recording has been released to raise awareness for the Songs Around The World initiative, a project from the non-profit Playing For Change foundation, which was established in 2007 to assist marginalised youth in poor countries by providing music and arts education.
The original song was written about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which flooded 27,000 square miles of land and forced over 600,000 people to relocate. The event also inspired several other blues songs, the most popular being “Backwater Blues” by Bessie Smith (1927) and “Mississippi Heavy Water Blues” by Barbecue Bob (1928).
“It seems that little has changed since 1927, or even 2005 with Katrina,” John Paul Jones said in a statement. “It’s still a really powerful track, both musically and lyrically.”
Jones’ ‘When The Levee Breaks’ features huge line up featuring Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, blues musician Buffalo Nichols, Norwegian singer Elle Márjá Eira – who also performs in Jones’ band Snoweye – Māori singer Mihirangi, and a host of other musicians and dancers from seven different countries.