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The year is looking up with a new album and tour from Robert Randolph.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band Release We Walk This Road on June 22

Under the guidance of T Bone Burnett for about two years, pedal steel guitarist extraordinaire Robert Randolph and the Family Band have created We Walk This Road, their first release since 2006's Colorblind.

Talking about the new album Randolph revealed, "T Bone and I drew a lot from the past while we were making this record, but I think it really is a record for these times. I think the fact that I, as a young guy who likes hip-hop and gospel, am reaching back into this rich history of American roots music will appeal to people who are fifteen, and people who are seventy-five years old. T Bone opened my eyes to great archival music. He's a link between the past and the present."  Some of that history can be heard in segues on the album.

We Walk This Road features guests, such as Ben Harper on "If I Had My Way" and Leon Russell on "Salvation" as well as reinterpretations of Prince's "Walk Don't Walk," John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama" (featuring Doyle Bramhall II), and a brilliant cover of Bob Dylan's "Shot Of Love" (with Jim Keltner, who played drums on the original version).

Making of We Walk This Road

Randolph is "very excited to play these tracks live."  I recommend you catch the band if they come near you.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band Tour Dates

June 3 Ozark, AZ – Wakarusa-Mulberry Mountain

June 4 Jackson, MS – Hals & Mals

June 5 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre

June 7 Austin, TX – Antones

June 9 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

June 10 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern

June 11 San Fransisco, CA – The Fillmore

June 13 Los Angeles, CA – Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl

June 16 Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club, The Crown Room

June 17 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

June 18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

June 19 Vancouver, CA – Commodore Ballroom

June 26 Bridgeview, IL – Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival

June 27 Milwaukee, WI – Summer Fest

June 29 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

July 7 Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Blues Festival

July 9 Thunder Bay, Ontario – Thunder Bay Blues Festival

July 16 St. Louis, MO – Pageant

July 17 Somerset, KY – Master Musicians Festival

July 30 Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes

Aug 7 Notodden, Norway – Notodden Blues Festival

Aug 10 Aspen, Colorado – Belly Up

Oct 8 Austin, Texas – Austin City Limits

Jan 4, 2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jam Cruise

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Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/ElBicho_CS

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