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.

I Need More Love is probably their most popular song, but I’d like to share a different song, “Going in the Right Direction,” from their album Unclassified.

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.

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Bebroma says:
May 6, 2008, 11:04 am
Aw yeah! Thank you for introducing me to his music. I love good music of any type. And I love good guitar work...I like Clapton's "Layla" PLUGGED IN, baby. I bet seeing them both together was amazing. But I gotta admit, I was already about sold as soon as he opened his mouth and I saw all those pretty teeth! I got a tooth thing, what can I say. But yeah, he rocks.
Danielle J says:
May 6, 2008, 11:43 am
They are fantastic! Their energy is amazing, the music is hot and they are talented as all get out. Glad there are other folks out there who enjoy them.
Vichus Smith says:
May 6, 2008, 12:08 pm
Randolph and the Family are totally amazing. The first time I heard of them was a couple years ago and it's something that is really missing in music. Just awesome.
Courtie says:
May 6, 2008, 12:22 pm
Bella, you speak the truth! I saw them for the first time about 4 years ago and I have loved them ever since! This is a great song to listen to on a nice spring day.
TeMo says:
May 6, 2008, 12:24 pm
Bella. Where would we be without you? Thanks for the introduction this is slammin'!
BK says:
May 6, 2008, 12:36 pm
I LOVE THEIR MUSIC!!! OMG I was first introduced to them with Ain't Nothing Wrong With That.. it was a routine in Jazzercise and then also it was in Stomp the Yard.. after listening more I fell in love!!!!! Bella you rock.. from the calypso to the funk.. Me Likey!
DH says:
May 6, 2008, 12:58 pm
Saw them in concert last year. I was floored when they pulled out Biv DeVoe’s “Poison", b/c they aren't known for new jack swing type music. I am glad to know that they are fans of the 90's etc. music. It made me like the band more. They have something that alludes many singers/bands today- across the board critical acclaim.
HeavenLeiBlu says:
May 6, 2008, 2:29 pm
Glad to see someone else diggin' them Jersey boys!
b. says:
May 6, 2008, 2:53 pm
Ooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww! I like it! THANK YOU BELLA!
AJ says:
May 6, 2008, 4:39 pm
I have loved him since I saw him on VH1 and CMT years ago! I love to see black people doing country things and that man working that lap steel guitar is amazing! I hope I get to go to a concert of his soon! How was eric clapton?
Binta says:
May 6, 2008, 10:36 pm
That was the best. Thank you for sharing the gift of Robert Randolph. Thank you Bella!
bella says:
May 7, 2008, 12:45 am
I am so glad you guys are feeling him! It's a rare and beautiful sight to see a strong, proud black family playing rock music together. And winning over audiences of all ages and ethnicities. AJ -- Clapton was good. Very polished, and we'd seen him a year or two ago so it was kind of similar. But the encore rocked -- he closed it out with Layla, Cocaine, and I Got My Mojo Working. I think playing with Robert Randolph gave him more verve than he'd displayed for most of the night, to be honest.
Mezzo_Soprano says:
May 7, 2008, 2:54 am
I have been a big fan for years!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
DiosaNegra1967 says:
May 7, 2008, 10:30 am
bella! this brother is mad EVIL!!!! i love it that he's gettin' air play on the rock stations in Philly...one of the most notoriously segregated radio markets....
nikki says:
May 7, 2008, 2:13 pm
very cool!
JL says:
May 7, 2008, 3:04 pm
Hello everyone! I’ve been lurking for a few months and I love this site. It has been a great source of information. My apologies for getting off topic but I have a question regarding the May 5th topic and was wondering if I could get some advice. I’ve been hearing great things about the Denman brush. However I have always been under the impression that brushing my hair(naturally kinky, frizzy, and coarse)would cause more harm than good such as breakage. Can my texture handle being brushed? I’ve been natural for a little over two years and with the length, it tangles very easily. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)
bella says:
May 7, 2008, 3:09 pm
Hey JL - I personally wouldn't brush my hair when it's dry, I'd use the Denman as a detangler in the shower. Lots of conditioner, and careful brushing should get those knots out, I'd imagine. I'm gonna get me one today so I can let you know how it works. Hang tight!
JL says:
May 7, 2008, 3:18 pm
Will do and thanks so much!


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