NOW PLAYING: Jam Out With Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    • THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

    • Posted by: Meredith Nardino

    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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