By Martine Ehrenclou
It’s late afternoon and I hadn’t slept well the night before. You know the feeling. You’re tired, struggling to overcome fatigue through the coffee buzz. I put on Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s new album, Got Soul, released February 17, 2017. I click the first track. Daammm if that song doesn’t snap me out of it. On the second listen, I am taken by it, the jammin’ beat, the vocals, Randolph’s pedal steel guitar, the band’s musicianship.
I am hooked.
Got Soul, Robert Randolph’s fifth studio album, is fierce. It’s energetic, funky blues and rock, with gospel flavors infused throughout. It’s an authentic sound for sure. Dare I not mention Randolph’s virtuoso pedal steel guitar skills. Extraordinary. Truly he is. And if you’re thinking that pedal steel guitar is just for country or Hawaiian music, think again. Randolph rocks it with the mostly excellent 12 tracks.
Listen to the vocals and back up vocals on the first track of the album, Got Soul. Beautifully orchestrated by talented singers, Randolph being one of them.