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Robert Randolph and the Family Band Rock Out With Flair on ‘Lickety Split’ – Album Premiere

Bandleader and pedal steel guitarist readies new LP

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Courtesy Blue Note Records

In Amped Up, the first track from Robert Randolph and the Family Bands new album Lickety Split, lead vocalist and guitarist Robert Randolph sings, Everybody throw your hands up/ Cmon get cranked up/ Everybody get amped up! But Randolph isnt talking about energizing a crowd through bombastic, overproduced pop; the pedal steel guitarist (who was named one of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists) espouses bluesy rock similar to Earth, Wind and Fire. Randolphs sprawling, sacred steel solos feature prominently on the album and his talented bandmates add fire – especially backing vocalist Lenesha Randolph, whose harmonious singing accentuates Randolphs soulful croon.

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On the LP, the band get some help from guitar legend Carlos Santana (Brand New Wayo, Blacky Joe). Known for their jubilant, foot-stomping performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo and SXSW, Robert Randolph and the Family Band even manage to transcend their sunny, gospel tracks (New Orleans, Born Again) to take on the one percent (Lickety Split) and the anguish of returning war veterans (Welcome Home).   

Lickety Split will be released on July 16th, but you can stream it exclusively here and preorder it on iTunes.

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