Robert Randolph & The Family Band

artist bio
ROBERT
RANDOLPH
&
THE
FAMILY
BAND
When
Robert
Randolph
talks
about
his
new
album,
Lickety
Split,
a
few
words
come
up
over
and
over—"joy,"
"freedom,"
"energy."
Which
is
no
surprise,
really,
because
those
are
the
same
things
that
immediately
spring
into
a
listener's
mind
when
these
twelve
tracks
from
the
virtuoso
pedal
steel
guitarist
and
his
longtime
accompanists,
the
Family
Band,
explode
out
of
the
speakers.
"My
thing
is
really
upbeat,
uptempo,
with
great
guitar
riffs,"
says
Randolph,
summarizing
his
musical
ambitions,
"but
also
catchy
choruses
and
lyrics
that
someday
will
make
this
music
into
classic
tunes."
“Robert
Randolph
is
an
American
Original,"
says
Don
Was,
President
of
Randolph's
new
label,
Blue
Note
Records.
"He
has
mastered
what
is,
arguably,
the
most
complex
instrument
in
the
world
and
developed
a
unique
voice
that
is
equal
parts
street-­‐corner
church
and
Bonnaroo.
This
album
finally
captures
the
energy
and
excitement
of
his
legendary
live
performances.”
But
for
Randolph,
the
road
to
Lickety
Split—his
first
studio
recording
in
three
years—wasn't
an
easy
path.
Though
his
distinctive
mix
of
rock,
funk,
and
rhythm
&
blues
continued
to
earn
a
rapturous
response
from
a
fervent,
international
audience,
he
felt
that
he
had
lost
some
of
the
enthusiasm
and
intensity
that
had
driven
him
to
make
music
in
the
first
place.
"We
just
weren't
being
creative
musically,"
he
says.
"Being
on
the
road
280
days
a
year,
you
wind
up
playing
too
much
and
it
isn't
fun
anymore.
Soon,
you
stop
being
that
concerned
about
how
good
you
can
be,
how
important
it
is
to
create
and
write.
You
kind
of
lose
sight
of
that,
of
being
focused
on
your
craft
and
spending
time
with
your
instrument.
I've
become
more
in
love
with
my
guitar
now,
and
staying
relaxed
and
practicing
and
trying
to
create
different
sounds."
The
new
album
showcases
the
unique
chemistry
of
the
Family
Band—comprised
of
the
guitarist's
actual
family
members
Marcus
Randolph,
Danyel
Morgan,
and
Lenesha
Randolph,
together
with
guitarist
Brett
Haas.
The
eleven
original
compositions,
plus
a
stomping
cover
of
"Love
Rollercoaster"
by
the
Ohio
Players,
were
produced
by
Robert
Randolph
&
The
Family
Band,
Danyel
Morgan,
Marcus
Randolph,
Tommy
Sims,
Drew
Ramsey,
and
Shannon
Sanders;
engineered
by
the
legendary
Eddie
Kramer
(Jimi
Hendrix,
Led
Zeppelin);
and
feature
special
guest
appearances
from
Trombone
Shorty
and
Carlos
Santana.
Randolph
notes
that
the
title
track
of
Lickety
Split
(on
which
his
sister
sings
the
hook)
is
one
of
his
favorites.
"What's
great
about
that
one
is
that
it's
something
we
actually
played
in
church,
just
like
that,"
he
says.
"There's
a
section
in
the
service
called
the
'Jubilee
Jam
Session
Time,'
and
I
can
show
you
video
where
we
played
that
very
same
riff."
But
if
there's
one
track
on
the
album
that
captures
the
band's
new
spirit,
it's
one
that
started
as
a
jam
session
in
a
Nashville
studio
during
a
break
in
recording,
and
later
came
to
be
titled
"Born
Again."
"It's
about
finding
the
joy
again,"
says
Randolph.
"At
first
it
was
more
of
a
love
song,
the
sense
you
get
when
you
find
the
right
person,
but
then
as
we
were
recording
this
new
music
with
a
whole
new
sense
of
direction,
and
feeling
free
again,
that
all
came
into
it.
It's
not
a
religious
thing,
it's
just
new
energy—which
is
really
the
old
energy
that
I
had
at
the
beginning
of
my
career."
Robert
Randolph
&
The
Family
Band
first
gained
national
attention
with
the
release
of
the
album
Live
at
the
Wetlands
in
2002.
The
band
followed
with
three
studio
recordings
over
the
next
eight
years—Unclassified,
Colorblind,
and
We
Walk
This
Road—which,
together
with
tireless
touring
and
unforgettable
performances
at
such
festivals
as
Bonnaroo,
Austin
City
Limits,
and
the
New
Orleans
Jazz
and
Heritage
Festival,
won
them
an
expanding
and
passionate
fan
base.
Randolph's
unprecedented
prowess
on
his
instrument
garnered
him
a
spot
on
Rolling
Stone's
"100
Greatest
Guitarists
of
All
Time"
list,
and
also
attracted
the
attention
of
such
giants
as
Eric
Clapton
and
Carlos
Santana,
who
have
collaborated
with
him
on
stage
and
in
the
studio.
"What
I've
learned
from
being
around
those
guys—and
you
never
really
notice
it
until
the
moment
is
away
from
you—is
that
it's
really
important
to
them
that
someone
keeps
original
music
going,
that
you're
not
just
trying
to
be
like
everybody
else,"
he
says.
"Eric
really
wants
to
know
what's
going
on
now,
he's
always
going
'Show
me
that
lick
again!'—they're
like
little
kids,
and
that's
really
the
great
part
about
it.
It
makes
me
think
that
I
need
to
keep
getting
better,
to
stay
excited
and
keep
trying
to
be
innovative
and
keep
growing."
Most
recently,
Randolph
has
attempted
to
amplify
the
tradition
from
which
he
came
by
executive
producing
the
Robert
Randolph
Presents
the
Slide
Brothers
album,
a
recording
which
features
some
of
the
older
"sacred
steel"
players
from
the
House
of
God
church
who
inspired
him
to
pick
up
an
instrument.
"This
is
part
of
my
whole
story,
which
a
lot
of
people
don't
understand,"
he
says.
"In
our
church
organization,
playing
lap
steel
in
church
has
been
going
on
since
the
1920s.
These
guys
were
my
mentors,
my
Muddy
Waters
and
B.B.
Kings.
Thinking
that
I
started
this
style
is
like
saying
Stevie
Ray
Vaughan
was
the
first
guy
to
play
the
blues.
I
wanted
to
do
this
record
so
that
everybody
could
understand
the
story
and
start
connecting
the
dots."
He
is
also
taking
a
bold
new
step
by
remodeling
an
abandoned
school
building
in
his
hometown
of
Irvington,
New
Jersey
and
opening
the
Robert
Randolph
Music
and
Arts
Program.
"There
hasn't
been
any
arts
in
the
schools,
period,
since
I
was
in
high
school,"
he
says.
"So
my
whole
motivation
changed
to
a
full-­‐on
effort
to
get
these
kids
into
music,
and
also
find
out
what
other
passions
they
have
and
try
to
offer
that.
These
kids
don't
have
anything
to
do,
they
don't
have
any
hope."
With
a
new
label,
a
new
dedication
to
his
craft,
and
a
new
sense
of
responsibility
in
his
life
off-­‐stage,
it
seems
like
Lickety
Split
might
also
represent
the
urgency
Robert
Randolph
is
bringing
to
all
of
his
efforts
these
days.
"I'm
still
undiscovered,
and
that's
really
the
best
thing
about
it,"
he
says.
"Now
we
have
the
chance
to
present
the
music
right,
and
have
the
story
told
right,
and
for
me
to
be
focused
on
being
an
ambassador
for
inner-­‐city
kids
and
a
role
model,
and
also
an
ambassador
for
my
instrument
and
as
an
artist.
As
all
these
things
happened,
it
got
fun
again."
For
more
information
please
contact
Amy
Treco
@
M.F.H.
(p)
323.962.6887
(e)
amy@bobmerlis.com
JR
Rich
at
Blue
Note
Records
(p)
212.786.8628
(e)
jr.rich@umusic.com

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band

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