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The Word to Release First Album in 14 Years

the wordFourteen years after releasing their self-titled album, The Word reconvenes for Part II of their adventure, with the release SOUL FOOD.  Recorded in both New York and Memphis, SOUL FOOD will be available on May 5th and marks the supergroup’s Vanguard label debut.

The new 12 track album features guest vocalists Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster on two of the songs. Fans can pre-order the album here: http://vanguard.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=63114_68789
In 2001, keyboardist John Medeski, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and the three members of the North Mississippi Allstars: guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew, went into a recording studio and over the next three days birthed a new band called The Word. Based on deep-felt gospel music and a huge respect for musical improvisation, the quintet weren’t sure what the results would be, but had the faith they were creating something that would last. Their self-titled debut album became a burning word-of-mouth favorite, and their live shows from that period are still being talked about today.

Their second album, naturally entitled SOUL FOOD for the nourishment it provides to all their spirits, brings the music of the band all the way home.

The Word will be touring following the release of SOUL FOOD. Tour dates to be announced soon.


The Slide Brothers : Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers

The Slide Brothers

In times like these, the world needs albums like Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers. Bands like Randolph’s Family Band and The Lee Boys have exposed fans to the  beauty and joy of  music known as “Sacred Steel” played on the pedal steel guitar. Now, with the formation of The Slide Brothers – made up of Aubrey Ghent, Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell and Darick Campbell – a veritable supergroup of scared steel players has come together to put forth one of the most joyous and uplifting albums to come along in quite awhile. Is this church music? Yes, but it’s music that celebrates the Church of Mankind and Brotherly Love. It may be rooted in Christianity but it embraces the best parts of it.

A mix of originals and covers, this record will bring a smile to the face of the most jaded heathen. Songs like “My Sweet Lord,” “Wade In The Water,” and “Motherless Children” will be instantly recognized but it’s the tracks “No Cheap Seats In Heaven” and “Help Me make It Through” that show the finesse and skill in these 4 virtuosos. A stellar stand out on the record would have to be their reworking of the Fatboy Slim song, “Praise You”. If you thought the original was an uplifting song, wait until you hear the Slide Brothers tackle it.

Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers is out now on Concord Records.

Rose Hill Drive and Robert Randolph rock the Gibson Roof



Robert Randolph & the Family Band/Rose Hill Drive

Gibson Rooftop

Memphis, Tennessee

October 6, 2007 

Who’s a better judge of talent than a musician?  On the roof of the Gibson Guitar factory on October 6, Memphis saw a bill of artists that are vouched for by some of the greatest rock musicians of all time. 


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Luther & Crowes steal the show at Blues & Brews

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Telluride, Colorado
September 14-16, 2007

Words by Fred Adams / photos by:

Taking the stage to close out the 14th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the members of The Black Crowes said nary a word.  Opening their set with “Wiser Time,” nearly every member of the band shared what seemed to be a singular, huge smile, as if they had something up their sleeves, but were not going to say what it was. 


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Black Crowes to headline Telluride Blues & Brews

The Black Crowes have been announced as the 2007 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Sunday headliner.  The Black Crowes join a solid line-up that also boasts Los Lonely Boys, Keb’ Mo’ Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Bonamassa, the Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd and many more artists.

The festival will take place September 14-16, 2007 in Telluride Town Park

Telluride sings the blues!

The 14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival returns to Telluride Town Park September 14-16, 2007, with the best blues, rock, funk and gospel artists in music today!  This year’s line-up includes performances by Los Lonely Boys, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Bonamassa and many more fantastic artists.  And the best is yet to come; Sunday’s headliner will be announced on Monday, June 25, 2007.

The Telluride Blues & Brews festival will open with an unbelievable day of music with a line-up that features rock, traditional blues and more.  Friday’s artists include headliner Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Tishamingo and Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd.  Los Lonely Boys’ music fuses electric blues, Texasroots, searing six string licks and Latin beats, and this dynamic sound led the band to huge success.  Los Lonely Boys’ self-titled debut sold more than 2 million copies and the band won a Grammy for the #1 hit, “Heaven.”  The band’s new disc, Sacred, recently peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

Saturday will be a big treat with a sweet mix of zydeco, Delta blues and some good old-fashioned blues rock.  With Keb’ Mo’, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, John Mooney’s Bluesiana, former Black Crowes guitarist, Marc Ford, Ana Popovic and The Sean Carney Band, Saturday will be smokin’ hot!  Headlining Saturday will be Delta blues master and three time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’.  Keb’ Mo’ is known for his distinctive sound that embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock, folk and jazz.  His acoustic and slide guitar mastery, laconic storytelling and gritty country blues deliver a sound that is soulful and authentic.

Sunday brings together some Blues & Brews favorites!  The Radiators with Bonerama, Eric Lindell and JJ Grey & Mofro have all graced the Blues & Brews stage in previous years and are back by popular demand.  Joining these Blues & Brews veterans will be blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards and a Morning Gospel set by the Erica Brown Band.   When the sun goes down, join the Radiators and Bonerama for a Fais Do Do jam like no other at the Sheridan Opera House.  Don’t forget – mark your calendar to visit www.tellurideblues.com  on Monday, June 25th for the Sunday headliner announcement.


14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Lineup as of Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007: Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Tishamingo, Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd.

Juke Joints:  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Mojo Watson, Tishamingo, Kent Burnside & The New Generation

Saturday, September 15, 2007: Keb’ Mo’, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, John Mooney’s Bluesiana, Marc Ford, Ana Popovic, The Sean Carney Band

Juke Joints:  JJ Grey & Mofro, John Mooney, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Kent Burnside & The New Generation, The Sean Carney Band

After Hours Jam: Eric Lindell

Sunday, September 16, 2007: Headliner to be announced Monday, June 25th, The Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey with Mofro, Eric Lindell, David “Honeyboy” Edwards & Michael Frank, the Erica Brown Band’s Mornin’ Gospel Hour

Fais Do Do (Sheridan Opera House): The Radiators and Bonerama


While rocking out to the blues, sample more than 100 beers from 50 microbreweries, from the Southwestern United States and beyond, at the renowned Blues & Brews Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 15, 2007.  The Grand Tasting, which takes place from NOON-3:00 pm has it all, from ales to lagers, nut browns to I.P.A.’s and everything in between.

Single day tickets for the 14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival go on sale Friday, June 1 at 9:00 am MST.  Friday and Sunday passes can be purchased for $55.00 each; Saturday passes for $60.00 and three-day passes (currently available) for $150.00.   Juke Joint tickets provide guaranteed entry into one of the five Friday and Saturday Juke Joints.  Juke Joint tickets are sold per night at $25 each.  Fais Do Do passes go on sale June 1 for $30.  Festival camping is available adjacent to the festival grounds for $40 a person. 

Camping is limited and passes are sold per person, not per site.  Camping passes are valid for 4 nights starting Thursday, September 13. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.tellurideblues.com or by calling 866-515-6166 or locally at Telluride Music Company (201 East Colorado Avenue).  All ticket prices subject to $2.50 per day Town of Telluride Fee and/or ticket handling fee

Photo Gallery: Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 2/18/07, Charleston, SC


Memphis, Tennessee

February 28, 2007


When I arrived to check out EOTO – brain child of String Cheese Incident’s rhythm duo Michael Travis and Jason Hann, I parked my car and rounded the corner to find flashing blue lights and bar management out front.  I grabbed a beer and stood near the side of the room, and Travis walked by.

He raised his eyebrows at me, and I responded with one of those "I recognize you" nods.  He continued to pass, and said something to the effect of "crazy stuff, huh?"  I responded, "what’s going on?"

Apparently, as Travis explains, two guys got into a bar fight, and were immediately tossed out.  On the way out, one of them threatens to come back by and shoot the place up.  The bar isn’t exactly in the hood.  It’s in a fairly populated area that college students frequent.  Of all the unsafe places in Memphis, this certainly isn’t one of them.

Well, they weren’t making an idle threat. 

Maybe an hour later, in full-on Boyz in the Hood style, they made good on that threat, and fired three shots at the bar – one high into the window, one into the side of an SUV parked right out front, and one that wasn’t found.

As my jaw hit the floor, Travis thanked me for coming out. 

He left me with "If you hear something, duck."




Needless to say, this backed the show time up considerably, but management did a great job of handling the somewhat tense situation, and the boys from String Cheese, ever the consummate professionals, came on stage and put on a great show.

EOTO gives fans a bit of a different taste than SCI brings (or brought, as the case may be) to the table.  Instead of behind the kit, Travis takes his place with a guitar, bass, keyboards and various other toys.  Hann does take the spot behind the drum kit.

In the mold of Travis’ Zilla, these shows are completely improvised.  They play without set list or script.  There’s beats-a-plenty and looping.

I never quite understood the drum solo.  Drummers in touring bands generally work harder and sweat more than the others, and a drum solo basically gives the other guys a rest while the mule is beaten some more.  Granted, I get that it gives those sometimes overlooked a chance to shine, but sometimes it doesn’t make sense.

At any rate, Hann was an animal.  I’m not exactly sure how long it went on, but they played without stopping, and as Travis hopped all over the place, playing this and playing with that, Hann went at the drum kit with reckless abandon, pounding out some great beats.

EOTO may not be for everyone.  Those who knew what to expect when they walked in undoubtedly went home happy – there were plenty of dancing feet during the show.

However, those who showed up expecting anything like SCI probably left disappointed. 

At least they now have their Memphis drive-by-shooting story to tell their grandchildren.


photos by Josh Mintz / photosbyjosh.com  

Black Crowes, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph serve up guitarfest in Nashville

There was no doubt that a night filled with music by southern rock icons the Black Crowes and the Drive-By Truckers would deliver.  In fact, this tour throughout the early summer has been lighting fires to venues across America.  Robert Randolph and the Family Band have also played on most of the dates as the third band on the monstrous bill.

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Drive-By Truckers announce fall tour dates

The Drive-By Truckers have announced their fall tour dates.  In support will be Bobby Bare Jr. in September, and they'll be on the road in October with The Drams


Thur Aug 3
Milwaukee, WI – North (Rock) Stage on the Summerfest Grounds w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

Fri Aug 4
Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn @ White River w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

Sat Aug 5
Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

Sun Aug 6
Somerset, WI – Float Rite Amphitheater w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

Thu Aug 10
Jackson Hole, WY – Snowking Amphitheater w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

Fri Aug 11
Park City, UT – Suede (DBT only)

Sat Aug 12
Denver, CO – Red Rocks w/ The Black Crowes and Robert Randolph

Sun Aug 27
Los Angeles, CA – Sunset Junction

Fri Sept 1
Helotes, TX – Floores Country Store (outdoors) w/Cross Canadian Ragweed

Sat Sept 2
Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater w/Cross Canadian Ragweed

Sun Sept 3
Ft. Worth, TX – Billy Bobs Texas w/Cross Canadian Ragweed

Thu Sept 14
Macon, GA – Capitol Theatre w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Fri Sept 15
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Sat Sept 16
Charleston, SC – Charleston Music & Heritage Festival

Sun Sept 17
Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Tue Sept 19
Boston, MA – Avalon Ballroom w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Wed Sept 20
Northampton, MA – Pearl Street w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Thu Sept 21
New York, NY – Webster Hall w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Fri Sept 22
Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Sat Sept 23
Baltimore, MD – V Fest

Tue Sept 26
State College, PA – Crowbar (or TBA) w/ Bobby Bare Jr.

Wed Sept 27
Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Fri Sept 29
Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Sat Sept 30
Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium w/Bobby Bare Jr.

Sun Oct 8
San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Fri Oct 13
Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall w/The Drams

Sat Oct 14
Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues w/The Drams

Sun Oct 15
Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small's w/The Drams

Wed Oct 18
Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Concert Theatre w/The Drams

Thu Oct 19
Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom w/The Drams

Fri Oct 20
Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre w/The Drams

Sat Oct 21
Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre w/The Drams

Tue Oct 24
Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub w/The Drams

Wed Oct 25
St. Louis, MO – Mississippi Nights w/The Drams

Thu Oct 26
Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium w/The Drams

Fri Oct 27
Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre w/The Drams

Sat Oct 28
New Orleans, LA – VooDoo Fest

Jan 2 -7, 2007
The MSC Opera – Jam Cruise 5