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Robert Randolph & The Family Band

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Nashville, United States

Robert Randolph & The Family Band is a multicultural American blues and funk band composed of Robert Randolph, Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass), and Jason Crosby (organ). Frontman Robert Randolph was trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church, Keith Dominion, in Nashville, TN and makes prominent use of the instrument in the band’s music. The group’s sound is inspired by successful 1970s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone, another multicultural band comprised of former members of the Church of God in Christ. Randolph himself has also stated that his main influence as a guitarist is Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Although he has only put out two albums, Rolling Stone magazine named Randolph as one of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time.

Robert Randolph set the music world on fire in late 2000 and early 2001 when he began to play his first club dates in New York City. These were a result of being discovered playing his pedal steel guitar at the first Sacred Steel Convention in Florida in the spring of 2000. Randolph started playing the pedal steel as a teenager and started playing at his Orange, NJ, church just outside of Newark. The House of God Church, an African-American Pentecostal denomination, has been implementing steel guitars (or “Sacred Steel”) in services since the ’30s, with the pedal steel in particular being introduced during the ’70s.

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  • OwenSPhillips

    I'm gonna see them in October in NC... Pretty stoked. They're headlining a music festival... Gonna be sick

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • browzera

    very nice

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • klietsala

    Yesterday these guys played in Pori, Finland. So much energy, just amazing!

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ericshep

    I think they stole the show at E claptons 2010 guitfiddle festival!

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • jbeerj

    Was at the Madison show last night. The greatest live show I've seen in my life. Thank you for being the most talented and energetic performer in the world, Robert.

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    Seeing him play with Santana was priceless

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • barryvs

    That Voodoo Child cover at North Sea Jazz was STELLAR.

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • idoleq

    SOON IN POLAND!

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • hatefi

    Cool man, cool

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RatBatSpider

    Check out Robert's interview at amoeba music. There's some good performance footage too. You'll certainly enjoy this. http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/videos/robert-randolph-interview.html

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • ineedcoffee21

    Tour of the UK please? :D:D

    19 Mar 2011 Reply
  • joseffdavies

    Really liking the new album so far, it has to be his best yet.

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ineedcoffee21

    Love that pedal/ lap steel vibe! :):)

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ineedcoffee21

    Fantastic music..... simply unbeatable! <3

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Hansebrous

    Just got my copy the new album, and its awesome. Great interpretations! Only this band could could make covers of Prince and Dylan sound good back to back.

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • NLLObStEr

    Yeah new cd is very nice :D

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jbembe

    New CD is amazing!!!

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • DJDReW3102

    do yourself a favor, everyone, and download/buy/do what you have to do to listen to his album "Unclassified"....its really a freakin' shame that relatively no one listens to it on last.fm. i'd say it's one of my top 10 albums ever, and quite possibly my favorite party album, bar none!!!

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • Vinnym86

    Cannot wait to see you guys at Vibes!!

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • TheInfatuated

    "Jesus is just alright with me" .... oh boy, don't really need more of that, but the music's quite good, so I'll endure.

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
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