Robert Randolph Presents 'The Slide Brothers': New Music Tuesday

Acrobatic slide guitar *master* Robert Randolph is well known for his exciting virtuosity. So it is with an eager ear that we tune in to his latest project: highlighting the awe-inspiring talents of fellow Sacred Steel gurus Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent.

By even the most conservative estimates, these cats are the cream of the crop. Album opener "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" - penned by Gregg Allman - certainly puts that claim on a mighty pedestal. The energy, the solos, the verve: Everything is kaleidoscopic.

There's an enticing blend of earthy gospel tunes and upbeat, get-down-to-the-dancefloor anthems. "It Hurts Me Too" embodies the delta blues sound while kicking the heat up and shining a light on the vivacious lead work for which these guitarists are known.

Several songs later on the album, "Motherless Children" shows up with rockabilly percussion and a toe-tappin' rhythm. You'll be hard pressed not to just start groovin' at your desk, in your car, in the pew or wherever you happen to be.

Hopefully we'll be seeing much more from these guys going forward. "My goal is to open the door for people in the same way that musical doors have been opened for me," Randolph says. Their spring tour has no Cleveland gig, but do keep an eye out for regional updates.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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