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Rock/Rhythm and Blues/Funk Party CD.........
on July 16, 2013
Robert Randolph & The Family Band recognize and pay tribute to the jam and gospel roots of their musical backgrounds with a heaping dose of blues-funk with rocking rhythms. Comprised of strong originals and equally solid covers, "Lickety Split" is a successful return for Robert Randolph & The Family Band.
First track... "I think I'm 'bout to break a string in here!" howls Robert Randolph on "Amped Up," a gospel-rock belter from the steel-guitar master's fourth studio album. It's a quintessential Randolph moment, unhinged, dorky and Holy Spirit huge."
"Lickety Split" showcases the talents of Family Band members Lenesha Randolph (vocals), Danyel Morgan (bass, vocals), Brett Haas (guitar, keys) and Marcus Randolph (drums). Trombone Shorty makes a guest appearance on the track "Take the Party," while guitar legend Carlos Santana joins the group on "Brand New Wayo" and "Blacky Joe."
Randolph's guitar playing is prominent throughout the record. "The band's chops are dazzling, but Randolph himself steals every scene. His steel-guitar wails, it moans, it stings -- on the slow-burning "Welcome Home," it floats like a warped harp. Check the ecstatic "Born Again," which spirals into psychedelic slide-guitar crossfire."
Scattered among ten original tracks are renditions of "Love Rollercoaster" by The Ohio Players and The Rascals' 1966 hit "Good Lovin.'" Following the pace of a collection set in motion by the speedy opening track "Amped Up," "Good Lovin'" is a fitting happy-go-lucky song to sign off with.
Randolph has turned heads by transforming his pedal steel guitar into a potent instrument rivaling the best conventional guitarists, and his Family Band are much more than back-up musicians deployed around him. They represent the flow and the soul of his music. This release is unrelentingly fun, it's like a funky, blues-rock hoedown.