11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robert Randolph's fans are no doubt familiar with his pedal steel–driven brand of jam-band rock, R&B, blues, and gospel. They also probably know that he comes out of the sacred steel tradition, where the guitar is placed in a gospel setting and highlighted much in the same way a great singer would be. Here he shines the spotlight on Chuck and Darick Campbell, Aubrey Ghent, and Calvin Cooke—all of whom have spent their lives playing in church. There are original religious songs here like “No Cheap Seats in Heaven” and “Catch That Train,” as well as traditionals like “Wade in the Water” and “Motherless Children.” But the biggest revelation comes when they find deeper meaning in secular material, such as a great new version of Gregg Allman’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” (with Blind Boys’ Jimmy Carter singing lead), and Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” (featuring singer Shemekia Copeland), which is undoubtedly the biggest surprise here. Some may be disappointed that Randoph doesn’t leave the producer's chair to play, but one listen should wipe away all concerns.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robert Randolph's fans are no doubt familiar with his pedal steel–driven brand of jam-band rock, R&B, blues, and gospel. They also probably know that he comes out of the sacred steel tradition, where the guitar is placed in a gospel setting and highlighted much in the same way a great singer would be. Here he shines the spotlight on Chuck and Darick Campbell, Aubrey Ghent, and Calvin Cooke—all of whom have spent their lives playing in church. There are original religious songs here like “No Cheap Seats in Heaven” and “Catch That Train,” as well as traditionals like “Wade in the Water” and “Motherless Children.” But the biggest revelation comes when they find deeper meaning in secular material, such as a great new version of Gregg Allman’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” (with Blind Boys’ Jimmy Carter singing lead), and Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” (featuring singer Shemekia Copeland), which is undoubtedly the biggest surprise here. Some may be disappointed that Randoph doesn’t leave the producer's chair to play, but one listen should wipe away all concerns.

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About The Slide Brothers

The Slide Brothers incorporate the sacred steel tradition in gospel music with rock, funk, and blues. Members of the quartet, Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell, and Aubrey Ghent, were raised in The Church of the Living God, where they had an opportunity to perform and travel at an early age. Throughout the years, the group has played live together sporadically, but hadn't released an album until 2012. Recorded for the jazz-based Concord label, the self-titled debut was co-produced by John McDermott and Robert Randolph, who is the leader of and pedal steel guitarist for the Family Band. The association with Randolph led to numerous concert appearances, many of which featured secular music. One of the highest profile gigs for the Slide Brothers was taking part in the 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour, where they performed their interpretations of the Hendrix classics "Purple Haze" and "Foxey Lady." ~ Al Campbell

  • FORMED
    2012

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