Robert Randolph, the slide guitar jam/rock/blues phenomenon who's been captivating global audiences for a decade, announced to reporters assembled at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Music Festival in Madison Square Garden that his long-awaited new album is titled 'Lickety Split'. The new record is Randolph's first for Blue Note and is to be released July 16. Lickety Split represents the first new studio album for Randolph & The Family Band in three years. Hear a taste of the bands new song 'Amped Up' Below.
In February, Robert Randolph and his band made an appearance at Ronnie Scott's to a whooping hollering crowd. So, due to popular demand, he's back at the world famous venue on the 22nd of June.
Described by the Sunday Times as "the guitar here that plays sitting down " Robert Randolph and his Family Band create a heady mix of rock, blues, gospel, funk and soul.
Randolph set the music world on fire in 2000 when he began playing his first club dates in New York City. He started playing the instrument as a church-going teenager in Orange, NJ, a small city just outside of Newark. He regularly attended the House of God Church, an African-American Pentecostal denomination that had been implementing steel guitars (or "Sacred Steel") in services since the '30s, with the pedal steel in particular being introduced during the '70s. Randolph learned to play by watching other steel players during church services and at the age of nineteen was given tickets to see Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert, a player who inspired him to take the instrument to a whole new level.
In early 2000 Randolph was talent spotted at the Sacred Steel Convention in Florida, which lead to him being signed on as the opening act for the North Mississippi Allstars. Within a month, Randolph had graduated to the Beacon Theater, where he played alongside Medeski, Martin & Wood. Keyboardist John Medeski enjoyed Randolph's playing so much that he asked him to record an instrumental gospel/blues album with the band. The resulting record,The Word, was released in August 2001 to great critical and popular acclaim.
Randolph's own group, the Family Band, includes cousins Danyel Morgan and Marcus Randolph (bass and drums, respectively) and Brett Haas (keyboard). The band's career began with opening gigs for a variety of blues, jazz-funk, and jam bands such as the Derek Trucks Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and Soulive; headlining gigs became the norm within a few months' time. Robert Randolph & the Family Band released Live at the Wetlands in fall 2001, capturing the band's live performance at the legendary Wetlands venue shortly before it closed. The group's studio debut, Unclassified, followed in 2003 and introduced Randolph to an even wider audience. One new fan was veteran guitarist Eric Clapton, who brought the band out on tour and appeared on Robert Randolph's third release, Colorblind, in 2006. In 2010, Randolph teamed-up with producer T-Bone Burnett and released the album We Walk This Road which featured guest appearances from Ben Harper, Leon Russell and Doyle Bramhall II.
The show at Ronnie Scott's takes place on 22nd of June With support from The Ronnie Scott's All Stars. More info below.
Doors:6pm first house
10.30pm second house
Tickets:£35.00 - £50.00
Ronnie Scotts, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
Reservations:www.ronniescotts.co.uk / 020 7439 0747
For more information please contact:
Sian Williams at Riotsquad Publicity on 020 7223 7441 or E mail at email@example.com