John Scher / Metropolitan Entertainment Presents
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Silent Bear/Kahlil Kwame Bell Duo
2 W 64th Street
New York, NY, 10023
This event is all ages
Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music –basically gospel played on pedal steel guitar –in the House of God church in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds, but blood.
“The Family Band” Is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolphis anchored by his cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph and his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph.
“That whole thing sort of gets lost,” says Randolph. “People are always wondering, ‘are these guys really a family?’ Yes we are! Andit’s another thing we wanted to remind everyone of with this album.” Given his goals for the album, it’s fitting that the lone cover song Robert selected for the collection comes from Pops Staples and the Staple Singers, one of gospel’s greatest musical families, who seamlessly crossed over to secular R&B success with inspirational songs like “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.” Their “Simple Man” is a deep, contemplative blues, its pensive nature amplified by Randolph’s signature weeping pedal steel guitar lines