ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND
Robert Randolph was discovered in 2000
whilst playing his pedal steel guitar at the first Sacred Steel convention
in Florida. The centerpiece of Sacred Steel being pedal and lap steel
guitars. Randolph had begun playing the pedal steel as a teenager at his Orange,
NJ, church. John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood (MMW) liked Randolph so much that he asked him to record an all-instrumental gospel/blues album,
The Word, with them. Randolph quickly assembled a band, which includes
two of his cousins. Their 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
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