The Soul of 'Sacred Steel' Virtuoso Robert Randolph and The Family Band (Archives)

05.10.2021 - By Soundcheck

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As a performer, Robert Randolph is nothing like the guys who play pedal steel in country music. He sets off pedal steel fireworks with his gospel-rooted soul-funk; he'll dance around the instrument, wrestle it, push it off its four legs, moved by the spirit - an ecstatic spectacle. Randolph, on his 2017 record Got Soul, continues to take the pedal steel where it has seldom been heard before – recruiting special guests like Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, R&B; crooner Anthony Hamilton and Snarky Puppy's Cory Henry – and exploring those other musics: rock, funk, soul, jazz, and jam band music. On Fessender pedal steel, Robert Randolph and The Family Band play in-studio. (From the Archives, 2017.)

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