Known for an adventurous jam-band sound, pedal-steel magician Robert Randolph and his Family Band are taking a new direction with their first album for Sony Music Masterworks, Got Soul, out February 17th.
Their fifth studio LP, Got Soul is a look back at Randolph's roots, from his tenure as a church musician in New Jersey to his love of iconic artists like Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley. It also nods to some of Randolph's contemporary influences, particularly on a track featuring Darius Rucker.
"Love Do What It Do" is a buoyant, soulful love song that features Rucker on lead vocals while Randolph offers call-and-response style licks on his signature pedal steel. An accompanying video features Rucker, Randolph and the band hanging out in a pool hall, shooting billiards while young couples dance nearby.
"For me, one of the best things about playing music for a living is getting the opportunity to meet and work alongside world-class musicians and songwriters from all different musical backgrounds," Rucker tells Rolling Stone Country. "I’ve been a fan of these guys for years, so I was proud to help out the great Robert Randolph and the Family Band. We had a blast making this video."
"Love Do What It Do is about the mysterious power of love and how it transforms and connects people," says Randolph. "Love is a universal natural thing – how beautiful is that?"
Other guests on Got Soul include Anthony Hamilton and Snarky Puppy's Cory Henry. The album is the band's first since 2013's Lickety Split. To support the project, Randolph and his Family Band will hit the road on a national tour beginning March 9th in Boston. Here are the full list of announced tour dates:
March 9 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
March 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore
March 11 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
March 12 – Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
March 15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Ballroom at Taft Theatre
March 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beechland Ballroom
March 17– Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
March 18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
March 20 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon
March 22 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
March 24 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
March 25 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
March 26 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
March 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
March 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
March 30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
April 1 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
April 2 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge