GRAMMY-nominated pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph participated in the GRAMMY Museum's the Drop series on June 12.
Before an intimate audience of 200, Randolph highlighted the creative process behind his latest album, We Walk This Road, and performed a brief set. He also discussed his musical influences, approaches to songwriting and instrumentation, and collaborating with GRAMMY-winning producer T Bone Burnett. Following the discussion, Randolph took questions from the audience and conducted a CD signing.
Randolph's unique guitar style is ripe with a mixture of soul and funk, an anomaly for an instrument associated with country music. His band Robert Randolph & The Family Band released a live album, Live At The Wetlands, in 2002 and followed with their studio debut, Unclassified, in 2003, which garnered a nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album. Randolph's work has been lauded by fellow guitarists including Eric Clapton, who took Randolph's band on tour following the release of their third album, Colorblind, in 2006. Randolph has described his latest effort as "a celebration of African-American music over the past 100 years and its social messages from the last 30. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope and ability to uplift."
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Reel To Reel Riseup (July 28), Great Guitars: Lee Ritenour (Aug. 3) and An Evening With John Mellencamp (Aug. 17).
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