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Robert Randolph & The Family Band to release new album in June
AMERICA's blues rock aggregation Robert Randolph & The Family Band will have their highly anticipated new album 'We Walk This Road' released by Warner Bros on 22nd June. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album continues the "sacred steel" tradition for which Randolph has earned wide praise. Randolph and Burnett worked closely together as archivists, discovering songs-decade by decade - from the 20th century American music canon. The songs they uncovered, ranging from blues and rock to field recordings and gospel. Recorded at the Village Recorders and Electro Magnetic Studio, the album includes "If I Had My Way" (featuring Ben Harper), "Salvation" (featuring Leon Russell) and reinterpretations of Prince's "Walk Don't Walk", Bob Dylan's "Shot Of Love" (featuring Jim Keltner, who played drums on the original version) and John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama" (featuring Doyle Bramhall II).
Of the album, Randolph says, "T Bone and I drew a lot from the past while we were making this record, but I think it really is a record for these times. I think the fact that I, as a young guy who likes hip-hop and gospel, am reaching back into this rich history of American roots music will appeal to people who are fifteen, and people who are seventy-five years old. T Bone opened my eyes to great archival music. He's a link between the past and the present." Robert Randolph & The Family Band are currently performing as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour of the US. The tour also features Los Lobos, Ernie Isley, Joe Satriani and Jonny Lang among others.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.