A virtuoso on the pedal steel guitar, Robert Randolph learned to play by watching other players during church services. He updated that sacred basis with a secular mix of funk and soul, giving a multicultural facelift to an instrument often associated with country music. After he played alongside Medeski, Martin & Wood, he recorded an instrumental gospel/blues album -- 2001's The Word -- with the band. Robert Randolph & the Family Band released Live at the Wetlands in 2001. The group's studio debut, Unclassified, followed in 2003. Released in 2006, Colorblind featured an appearance from fan Eric Clapton. In 2010, Randolph teamed up with T-Bone Burnett and released We Walk This Road. Lickety Split appeared on Blue Note in 2013. ~ Ann Wickstrom
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