Scene and Heard

Headliners Music Hall presents Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on March 2, 2011
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
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Thursday, May 12th at 9pm
Doors 8pm
$20
18 and over

Tickets available at www.headlinerslouisville.com,
ear X-tacy and www.etix.com
On sale 3/2 @ 10am

Robert Randolph ~ We Walk This Road Artist Notes
This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a
whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift.
After we finished our last record, Colorblind, we began searching for a great producer to help guide the follow up. We wanted someone who understood me
and the road I’ve walked this far, who understood our connections of my roots within rock and gospel and the church, who would help us put those things in their most compelling context.
T Bone Burnett shared the vision of how gospel, blues and rock could be put together in a way that could relate to my history and connect to my present. It
was important to us that we make the record we wanted to make, even if the end result was unclassifiable. We just focused on making great songs and great
music that spoke to me, and that reflected the way I try to speak to the world. We went into the studio with virtual libraries of songs, whole volumes worth of material to go
through. T Bone brought in old archival songs from the twenties and thirties and many of them were in the public domain. I had songs that I had written
with the band, or that other artists had sent me, and we sat down and starting sifting through history.
When we found something we liked, we would either cover it or re-work it using our own words or melodies. Through this creation came an education. T
Bone opened a lot of doors for me serving as a link between the past and the present. He knows how to take something from the past and bring it into the
present while still allowing the artist to make it his own, in the same way that Hendrix took Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and made it belong to him.
T Bone listens to music that our grandmothers would listen to as children–not even music that our fathers listened to, but songs that go even further
back…some from Gospel and Christian blues, the music that people working in fields across the south likely sang nearly a century ago. Those are the real roots
of rock and roll, where everything else comes from.
We connected the last one hundred years of African-American music in the way people used to: You write your own songs, you cover other people’s
material, you re-work older songs. We had some amazing people come in to help. Leon Russell came by to hang out and wound up playing piano on the last
track, “Salvation.” Ben Harper plays guitar and sings on “If I Had My Way.” The base of that song came from Blind Willie Johnson, and it was really
difficult to get right. It was a country tune for a while. I had honestly given up on it. But Ben came down and said, “Let me get in there! I know just what to
do!” He went in there and smoked the choruses, and I thought, “Now we’ve got a tune.” It’s one of my favorite songs on the record.
.We Walk This Road was done in our belief in what we all need right now: young voices saying something positive without preaching in hopes of inspiring
people. When you stick to what you believe in, and with the roots of where you come from, things will always work out.

http://www.robertrandolph.net/

 

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  1. Robert Randolph Walk said, on May 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    […] Headliners Music Hall presents Robert Randolph & The Family Band … Robert Randolph ~ We Walk This Road Artist Notes. This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a. whole timeline of different eras . […]


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