|Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose label debut for Sony Masterworks, Got Soul—is today an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique, discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres. Once Randolph began to discover other forms of music, he saw how they were all connected, and was eager to find his own place “All music is related. Gospel is the same as blues,” he says. “The only thing that changes is in hardcore gospel people are singing about God and Jesus and in the blues people are singing about ‘my baby left me’ and whiskey. . .|
“Things happened really fast,” Randolph says now. “When I look back on that time, to be honest, I had no idea what we were doing. We’d get told, ‘You guys are going on tour with Eric Clapton.’ ‘Oh, OK.’ I thought, this guy must not have a clue that I am but the first time I met him we talked for about an hour and played music backstage.”
Regulars on the festival circuit—The Family Band’s improvisational skills make them mega-popular among the jam-band crowd, but for Randolph and his band mates, what they are doing is just an extension of what they’ve always done. “The jam band scene has that name but it’s really a true music art form scene where you can just be who you are,” Randolph says. “We fit in that category in some sense but the jam band scene itself has changed a lot since that time. I’ve grown to like songs and I like to jam within the song.”
Saturdays Headliner is a must see show, From Crossroads with Eric Clapton to Foothills in Jasper – Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a bucket list show that you have to come see and hear. See you at Foothills18– the best one yet!!!
|The 2018 Foothills Festival in vibrant Downtown Jasper, Al is going to be “the best one yet”. If you are into feel good, hard driving “jam band “ performers and music, then you have to make plans to be in Jasper on September 7th and 8th. The lineup is incredible to say the least … and our Saturday Night Headliner is world renowned Steel Guitarist Robert Randolph and his funky amazing Family Band.|