Robert Randolph, the virtuoso pedal-steel guitarist whose distinctive mix of rock, funk and R&B has built a fervent, international audience has signed with Blue Note Records. The signing is a precursor to the release of Randolph’s highly anticipated new studio album — his first since 2010’s We Walk This Road.
“Robert Randolph is an American original,” says Blue Note President Don Was. “He has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. Robert’s new studio album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances. We are honored that he has chosen Blue Note Records as his new home.”
The new, as-yet-untitled album is being produced by Randolph and showcases his Family Band, the ensemble that has backed him throughout his career. The Family Band is comprised of actual family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan and Lenesha Randolph, along with guitarist Brett Haas. The new album features special guest appearances from Trombone Shorty and Carlos Santana.
“Blue Note is a true music label with a 75-year history of working with great musicians like John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Al Green, and the head of the label is a real musician and songwriter,” says Randolph. “It’s really an honor to sign with Blue Note and to have them share my vision.”