I went to a great concert last night, and I just gotta shout about it — Robert Randolph and the Family Band are amazing! They opened for Eric Clapton, and for Clapton’s finale, Robert Randolph joined him on stage for a blistering duet of “I Got My Mojo Workin’.” Seeing the two guitar gods exchange licks and admiring glances was thrilling.
In case you’ve been sleeping on the funk phenomenon, allow me to introduce you. Robert Randolph is a wizard on the lap steel, and his band includes his sister, and his cousins. To be honest with you, I’ve never even so much as heard a Robert Randolph song on the radio. But I’ve seen them live three or four times and they BRING the FUNK. Seriously, amazing. He’ll play some traditional blues-rock, then launch into a instrumental version of “Purple Haze,” or Bel Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” or Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” that just gets the audience moving.
Different, right? But so much fun, especially at a big concert. I dig them. I hope you do too!
* For any of you who were curious, here’s a review of Eric Clapton’s performance.