Robert Randolph, the slide guitarjam/rock/blues phenomenon who's been captivating global audiencesfor a decade, announced to reporters assembled at Eric Clapton'sCrossroads Music Festival in Madison Square Garden that hislong-awaited new album is titled 'Lickety Split'. The new record isRandolph'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 newsong 'Amped Up' Below.
In February, Robert Randolph and his band made an appearance atRonnie Scott's to a whooping hollering crowd. So,due to popular demand, he's back at the world famous venue on the22nd of June.
Described by the Sunday Times as "the guitar here that playssitting down " Robert Randolph and his Family Band create a headymix of rock, blues, gospel, funk and soul.
Randolph set the music world on fire in 2000 when he beganplaying his first club dates in New York City. He started playingthe instrument as a church-going teenager in Orange, NJ, a smallcity just outside of Newark. He regularly attended the House of GodChurch, an African-American Pentecostal denomination that had beenimplementing steel guitars (or "Sacred Steel") in services sincethe '30s, with the pedal steel in particular being introducedduring the '70s. Randolph learned to play by watching other steelplayers during church services and at the age of nineteen was giventickets to see Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert, a player who inspiredhim to take the instrument to a whole new level.
In early 2000 Randolph was talent spotted at the Sacred SteelConvention in Florida, which lead to him being signed on as theopening act for the North Mississippi Allstars. Within a month, Randolphhad graduated to the Beacon Theater, where he played alongsideMedeski, Martin & Wood. Keyboardist John Medeski enjoyedRandolph's playing so much that he asked him to record aninstrumental gospel/blues album with the band. The resultingrecord,The Word, was released in August 2001 to great critical andpopular acclaim.
Randolph's own group, the Family Band, includes cousins DanyelMorgan and Marcus Randolph (bass and drums, respectively) and BrettHaas (keyboard). The band's career began with opening gigs for avariety of blues, jazz-funk, and jam bands such as the Derek TrucksBand, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and Soulive; headlining gigsbecame 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 Wetlandsvenue 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 theband out on tour and appeared on Robert Randolph's third release,Colorblind, in 2006. In 2010, Randolph teamed-up with producerT-Bone Burnett and released the album We Walk This Road whichfeatured guest appearances from Ben Harper, Leon Russell and DoyleBramhall II.
The show at Ronnie Scott's takes place on 22nd of June Withsupport 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 mailat firstname.lastname@example.org