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Robert Randolph & The Family Band is a multicultural American funk and soul band composed of Robert Randolph, Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass), and Jason Crosby (organ). Frontman Robert Randolph was trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church, Keith Dominion, and makes prominent use of the instrument in the band's music. Randolph a native of Maplewood, New Jersey began playing the steel guitar in the House of God Church, which used steel guitars in worship services. Sacred Steel as it is called is used in many African American Pentecostal style churches and while playing at a sacred steel convention in Florida Randolph was discovered

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Top Ten Horizontal Guitar Players

Read "Top Ten Horizontal Guitar Players" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Who could have imagined that a few serendipitous events on a remote Pacific island in the 19th century would fundamentally change American music. In 1832 Hawaii's king brought Mexican cowboys to the Big Island to teach native Hawaiians how gain control of their rapidly increasing cattle population. As luck would have it, some of these cowboys ...

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Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium

Read "Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan The Iridium New York, NY September 8, 2017 Speakeasy is a public television series that pairs Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award winners, Tony Award winners and iconic musicians with an interviewer of their choice. The show features conversations between the stars and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Memphis Crawl at the Space at Westbury

Read "Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Memphis Crawl at the Space at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Robert Randolph & the Family Band with Memphis Crawl Space at Westbury Westbury, NY July 22, 2017 Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a New Jersey-based funk and soul outfit led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph (who has sometimes been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel ...

The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirit Of The Century and Higher Ground

Read "The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirit Of The Century and Higher Ground" reviewed by James Nadal

The experience of spiritual jubilation has taken The Blind Boys of Alabama far and wide from their southern roots. For over seventy years they have maintained their unwavering commitment to only sing in praise and service of the Lord, and they have succeeded on that. They take their role as guardians and bearers of the gospel ...

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Gary Lucas & Jann Klose Release "Stereopticon" Online

Gary Lucas & Jann Klose Release "Stereopticon" Online

Guitarist Gary Lucas and singer Jann Klose’s new album, Stereopticon is now out on Cosmic Trigger Records/The Orchard. This is a songwriter’s album, probably most at home with fans of AAA, indie, acoustic folk-pop/“urban Americana” music. Also active songwriters, Gary and Jann collaborated on songs over the past three years. Their friend Dan Beck, who has ...

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Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...

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Texas Blues Rocker Hamilton Loomis Tours U.S. For Album Release

“If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it,” says Guitar Player Magazine. An apt description, as young Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues-based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary ...

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The Slide Brothers

Featuring the music of Robert Randolph
Duration: 3:09

The Slide Brothers are Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent--the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition
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Sacred Steel: Rev. Utah Smith, et al. and The Slide Brothers

Read "Sacred Steel: Rev. Utah Smith, et al. and The Slide Brothers" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The “Sacred Steel" tradition born in the House of God Church some 80 years ago employed the pedal steel and lap steel guitars as the centerpiece of their message. The steel guitars, long an eloquent staple of country and western music are used to a much grittier effect in this largely African-American mode of worship.


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