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Though his soulful voice and intricate steel guitar talent seem plucked straight from an Austin City Limits performance, Robert Randolph began his career as a young musician playing at his hometown church in Orange, New Jersey. A regular church attendee, Randolph learned to play the pedal steel guitar by watching the masters during service. Introducing blues and funk to the classic sound of the sacred steel instrument, Robert Randolph & the Family Band brought their contagious burst of positive energy to Baeble HQ during a must-see live session.

For fans of Gary Clark Jr. and The Revivalists, Robert Randolph & the Family Band will provide a warm sense of comfort and nostalgia. The influences of 70s funk and soul greats like Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone are undeniable, but surprisingly, Randolph wasn't brought up on the work of these secular artists. He listened almost exclusively to gospel for much of his youth, which not only influenced his artistry, but also helped shape his unapologetically optimistic attitude. Now, Randolph and his band apply an honest, modern vision to all the joy and inspiration of traditional gospel, resulting in the musical equivalent of soul food.

Randolph wants his music to inspire listeners "to love one another, to love themselves, to respect each other, to dance, to feel wonderful, to feel beautiful." Each of these hopes shine through in the band's irresistible performance of hits from their seventh album, Got Soul. Robert Randolph & the Family Band showcase their fiery energy and relentless positivity, making their complex mixture of blues and soul appear effortless. This session is a testament to the band's originality and commitment to their roots, and will have you jamming along instantly.

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Black beauty With the face that's green
She was a vampire lived close to New Orleans
Yeah
French Quarter off of Pontchartrain
Yeah
She told me secrets She said, "I haven't really said"
Yeah
Soul!
Yeah
Got soul Every night and day
I don't know Never fade away
She a musician She loved to play that jazz
Like the preacher
Yeah
Even though she had love
Yeah
Lord, if you're out there Please give us a sign
Like when we met When you turned water to wine
Yeah! Yeah!
Soul!
Yeah!
I got soul! Every night and day
Rock and roll seal the pain away
Somebody somewhere
Yeah!
Chasing, burnin' time
Been workin' so hard Tryin' to put out fire
You wanna ride the city on its knees
Yeah!
Yeah!
Yeah!
Like in the party now You're leaving loud with me
Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Got soul!
Got soul!
Got soul Every night and day
Rock and roll 'till the break of day
Like tryin' to catch his
I walked the line 'Till I got red hot
Don't know my time Show me a roller
Don't have a doll Show me a child that
Ain't of a woman born!
Soul! Got soul, got soul
Every night and day
Rock and roll 'Till the break of day
Got soul Every night and day
Rock and roll Till the day's away
Got soul!
Got soul Every night and day
Got soul Never fade away
Ooo! Yeah
She got soul Every night and day
Hey, come on, y'all!
Got soul
Never fade away
Got soul Till the break of day
Got soul Every night and day
Oh! Ooh!
Yeah!
Got soul
Got soul
was used to describe our music from the pedal steel guitar once it was discovered, by this guy named Bob Stone in the early 1990s he called it "Sacred Steel" because before that, the steel guitar was only affiliated with country music, you know? So he called it "the sacred steel," and because it was just this soulfully singing, sacredy kind of sound.
Yeah, you know, so growing up in our church background, and from where I come from, we were always taught to sort of play with this soulful connection, this soulful sound.
So we always had to act like the great singers like Mahalia Jackson and all of the great gospel singers, Aretha Franklin and all those guys.
That's how we had to "ooooo", you know? Sometime people think if we had a big festival somewhere, some people be like, "Man, you are the baddest DJ, man!" or "You're the baddest keyboard player I ever heard.
Never heard nobody play "Voodoo Child" on the turntables.
" It's like, "Yeah, that's what I was doing.
" Except I don't make as much as a damn DJ, you know? I wish.
Live here in the Baeble sessions.
Somewhere out in Brooklyn.
We going to play this next song called "Find a Way.
" Hopefully, after this, you'll find your way to something that make you feel good.
Can I get a witness, Lord?
Oooh! Lord!
I said, "All right!" Yeah!
- Got my little sister over here Yeah.
I am everyone and I'm everywhere
I am the road I am the will that roads along
Come on! Talking about.
I am the building
I am the stone I am the steel
I'm the bass, I'm the music I'm the sound
And I am The love that's all around you
Hey! Another day
I gotta find a way
And I am The one that you break down to
Another day, I gotta find a way
I am the voices
I am the whispers I am the song
I'm the screams I am the cries
I am the jewel
I am the light I am the way out of the darkness
Come on
I'm the one that you despise,
Yeah! I am the love that's all around you
Hey, hey!
Another day, I gotta find a way
And I am the one That you break down to
Another day
- Come on! - Yeah! I gotta find a way
I am everything
- Sing it! I am nothing
- Come on! I'm the future I'm the one that's left and done
Yeah! I am the love that's all around you
Another day
Yeah!
I gotta find a way
I gotta find a way I am the one that you break down to
Another day
Oh, day!
I gotta find a way
Another day
- Yeah! Find the way.
Find the way
Find the way. Yeah, yeah
I'm the love that's all around you
- Come on, y'all! Another day
- Everyday! I gotta find a way
Yeah! I am the one that you break down to
Another day!
Another day!
I gotta find a way.
I gotta find a way.
I gotta find a way
Yeah!
I got to find a way
Way, way
I got to find a way
Oooh! Find a way!
Yeah, yeah! I'm the love that's all around you
- Come on! Yeah! Another day
Another day!
I gotta find a way.
I gotta find a way I am the one that you break down to
Another day
Yeah
I gotta find a way
Yeah!
Yeah! Find a way
Yeah! Yeah, yeah
Yeah! Find a way
- Somebody find your way Find the way
- Y'all feel all right? And the sound of the organ soul
Yeah!
I know we were talkin' about soul
Oooh, yeah!
- Yes, we've got a new record out called, "Got Soul.
" A new record out today, ladies and gentlemen.
It's called, "Got Soul.
" You got to get it.
It's out on Sony Masterworks.
We've got a bunch of great songs, a lot of great singers, a lot of great singing, a lot of great collaborations.
We've got a song called, "Let Love Do What it Do" featuring Darius Rucker also known as Hootie to some of you people from Hootie and the Blowfish.
Like you love your whiskey strong
Like your daddy loves your mama Your mama loves your daddy
And granny loves a Sunday mornin'
- So yeah, we had a good time recording this album and recording it right in Manhattan in New York City.
It's a mixture of everything.
Blues, rock, funk, soul, a little gospel influence.
There's a lot of positive messages, but it also makes you dance, makes you feel good.
So this record, you know, some people might have said, "Hey, like, are you reconnecting with your roots?" I think it's sort of like a reminder because, you know... We'll write 10 songs today, easily.
We'll come up with 10 different ideas and we'll, you know, Marcus the drummer and Ray Ray the bass player, they in the back making hip hop music all day.
I'll be back there, I'll be in the front of the bus with acoustics, me and Dean, and we'll be writing love songs.
So, I probably got 20 love songs, and I send the love songs in and they say, "Hey, man, leave that to John Mayer, you know, you know?" But, anyway, so the reconnection with being this inspirational rock, blues, funk, guitar guy that really likes to bring joy to people.
It opens up your soul, you know? And that's who I am.
Hopefully, you guys feel good watching these videos because we feel good.
This is a song called "Shake It" off my new record "Got Soul.
" Make sure you get it, make sure you listen to it.
Spread the word and spread the love.
Shake It.
One, two, three, four!
Got miles to go Before you sleep
Wah wah wah
Got no relief
Can't find a sign In the full moonlight
You better run 'Till the mornin' comes
Oh! Shake it! Anytime you feel it now
Go ahead turn it loose
Ah! Shake it What you got goin' on
Let your body tell the truth
Ah! Shake it! It can make you feel real good
Turn around and hear me say
- Come on, now! See the real fine house On top of the hill
Maybe that's the way To get your move
Gonna be on time
When the war begins
We just won't stop When the devils win
Ah! Shake it!
Anytime you feelin' down Go ahead and turn it loose
Ah! Shake it!
What you got goin' on?
Let your body tell the truth Ah! Shake it!
Shake it, make it feel real good Turn around and hear me say
- Hey! - Yes! - Give me a little do, re, mi, fa, sol.
- We all right.
- Shake it if you feel good at home, y'all.
- Yeah.
Shake it!
Anytime you're feelin' down Go ahead and turn it loose
Ah! Shake it!
Shake it, make it feel real good
Turn around hear me say
Ah! Shake it!
What you got goin' on?
Let your body tell the truth
Ah! Shake it!
Anytime you're feelin' down
Go ahead and turn it loose
Ah! Shake it!
What you got goin' on?
Let your body tell the truth
Ah! Shake it!
Shake it! Make you feel real good
Turn around and hear me say
Ah! Shake it!
Come on, y'all!
Ah! Yeah!
Hey
Shake it
Ah! Shake it! What you got goin' on?
I said, "Let that thing turning loose"
Ah! Shake it! Any time you're feelin' down
Let your body turn with you
Ah shake it
Shake it, make it feel real good Turn around and hear me say
Ah! Shake it!
Any time you're feelin' down Go ahead turn it loose
Ah! Shake it! What you got goin' on?
Let your body tell the truth
Ah! Shake it!
Any time you're feeling real good Talk about healing, say
Ah! Shake it, shake it, shake it!
Ah! Shake it!
Ah! Shake it!
Ah! Shake it!
Hey, now!
- Shake it, y'all! Thank you so very much for joining us, ladies and gentlemen! We are Robert Randolph and the Family Band feeling good in here.
Live in Baeble Sessions.
Baeble's.
Thank you very much.
- Baeble's.
- Baeble's.
- Thank you, Baeble's.
Don't be trying to steal my stuff neither.
All you Baebles out there, thank you very much.
Man, I just hope that, you know, I hope when people hear this new record "Got Soul," I just, you know, hope that it makes them happy and it makes them smile and it makes them want to dance.
You know? A lot of people are down these days about all this stuff, you know? If you look at Twitters, you know, it's probably about Trump or Hillary probably 80% of the time.
It's like geesh, man! You know? Everybody's all down think the world's coming to an end, World War III and IV.
That's what everybody thinks.
So I just hope this record really inspires people to love one another, to love themselves, to respect each other, to dance, to feel wonderful, to feel beautiful and just really, you know, bring a smile to their face and bring joy, you know? And there's not enough music out there doing that today but Robert Randolph and the Family Band brings you joy, it connects with your soul and lets you dance and go ahead and get into it.
Got soul, baby.
I need your...
Real! I need...
I need you
- No, seriously it's good.
Oh!
- Yes, sir.
Yes, sir.
Be like...
My baby
I come
To
Come to me
I need you!
Come on over there! Come and ask that.
- I've got to play something by myself.
You've got to be quiet.

Artist Bio


Robert Randolph and the Family Band is an American funk and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (Robert Jermaine Randolph, born August 8, 1977, Irvington, New Jersey). Other band members include drummer Marcus Randolph, vocalist Lenesha Randolph, Ray Ray Randolph (bass) and Brett Haas (guitar). Danyel Morgan (bass), Jason Crosby (keyboards and fiddle) and John Ginty (organ) are former members. Rolling Stone included Robert on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. The band also plays before every Friday-night New York Knicks basketball game.

Frontman Robert Randolph was trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church and makes prominent use of the instrument in the band's music. The instrument is referred to in many African-American Pentecostal churches as "sacred steel". Randolph was discovered while playing at a sacred steel convention in Florida.

The group's sound is inspired by successful 1970s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. Randolph himself has explained that in his adolescent years before being discovered by the secular community, he was almost completely unaware of non-religious music, saying "I never heard of The Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, none of them. I wasn't into that music, only the church thing."

Before releasing albums with The Family Band, Randolph was selected by avant-garde jazz organist John Medeski to join him and the North Mississippi Allstars on their 2001 jam project, The Word. Just prior to the release of The Word's debut album, Randolph was brought to the attention of music fans through a review by Neil Strauss in the New York Times in April 2001. On their first non-church tour of the East Coast, Randolph's new Family Band opened for the North Mississippi Allstars and then rejoined the musicians after their set, with Medeski, as The Word.

The first Robert Randolph and the Family Band album, Live at the Wetlands, was released in 2002 on Family Band Records, recorded live on August 23, 2001, just prior to the club's closing. The band released their studio debut, Unclassified on August 5, 2003. They attracted the attention of Eric Clapton, and have subsequently toured as a supporting act with the English blues guitarist. Clapton later guested on their 2006 album Colorblind, playing on a cover of "Jesus Is Just Alright".

In 2002, they were hired by ABC to make the network's new NBA theme song. The song, "We Got Hoops", only appeared in three telecasts, though it was used throughout both the NBA and WNBA seasons during promotions for both leagues. In September 2003 Randolph was listed as No. 97 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. Robert entered the list following Leigh Stephens and directly preceding Angus Young. In February 2004 Robert Randolph and the Family Band along with the band O.A.R. released a cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain", which was made available for online purchase through iTunes. This version was played live with O.A.R. at their August 15, 2009 show at Madison Square Garden.

Their third album, Colorblind, was released October 10, 2006. The song "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" was used in several commercials for NBC, and used in Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas' jive on Dancing with the Stars. In June 2008 the Discovery Channel used this same song in a popular promo entitled "It's All Good" for their summer lineup. The song "Thrill of It" was used throughout the 2007 college football season by ABC during their College Primetime games.

They worked with producer T-Bone Burnett on their fourth studio album We Walk This Road, released in 2010. They released the supposed first single from that album entitled "Get There" but this song did not appear on the album. The first official single from the album is "If I Had My Way."

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