Unclassified (2003) Pedal-steel guitarist Randolph is the jam-band circuit's unlikeliest hero, having emerged from the House of God denomination's "sacred steel" tradition, though the veiled quality of… 2003-08-05 Robert Randolph and the Family band
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Unclassified (2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; Lead Performance: Robert Randolph and the Family band

Pedal-steel guitarist Randolph is the jam-band circuit's unlikeliest hero, having emerged from the House of God denomination's ''sacred steel'' tradition, though the veiled quality of his religious lyrics makes this New Jersey native's hyper-tempoed tunes just as suitable for parties as for Pentecostal meetings. As a singer, he's a heck of a steel player, and his group's first non-live album just occasionally matches their stage rapturousness. But there's only so much the studio can do to constrain a signature sound that suggests Sly's own Family meeting the brothers Allman and Doobie at a gospel throwdown.

Originally posted Aug 08, 2003 Published in issue #722 Aug 08, 2003 Order article reprints