Today we present the first installment of Pullin' 'Tubes on JamBase. Each week
Jeffrey Greenblatt profiles a recently released video he's particularly enjoyed and
thinks our readers will as well.
Randolph and the Family Band burst onto the jam scene in the early part of the
aughts, with their potent mix of gospel and soul drenched funk-rock, the pedal steel was
predominantly relegated to the world of country music. Randolph changed perception of the
off-kilter instrument, introducing the secular world to the powerful sounds of scared
steel. Where the instrument typically helped supply the soundtrack to lonely country
laments, Randolph showed off a completely different way of playing it – ripping off fiery
licks that managed to inhabit a place where Jimi Hendrix meets Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric
Clapton, all while building a reputation for his incendiary live shows.
After signing to Warner Brothers Records, the band released three underwhelming studio
albums that never quite captured the magic of what endeared the group to so many live
music fans with their mostly slickly-polished, over-produced sound. Randolph and his band
have moved to renowned jazz label Blue Note, which last Tuesday released Lickety
Split, their first studio album since 2010. The 12-track effort is the record that
long-time fans have been waiting for – a straight up high-energy party album that channels
the free-wheeling spirit of the band’s live shows.
Let’s check out the music video for the opening track and lead single "Amped Up"...
Robert Randolph & The Family Band continue their summer tour with an appearance at
Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay in San Diego, CA, tonight before heading to the East Coast
for a string of shows.
Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt