Robert Randolph and the Family Band are back. The band has signed a new deal with legendary jazz label, Blue Note Records. This news comes along with the announcement of a new upcoming album due out this Summer. The long anticipated new release will be the first from Randolph since 2010’s We Walk This Road. Blue Note president Don Was recently commented on the signing, expressing his joy at having Randolph as the label’s newest signee. “Robert Randolph is an American original…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,” he said. “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.”
Randolph also shared his thoughts on having signed with Blue Note, expressing just as much excitement at this next step in his career. “Blue note is a true music label with a 75-year history of working with great musicians like John Coletrane, Miles Davis and Al Green and the head of the label is a real musician and songwriter,” he explained. Randolph will self produce the album, which will also feature members of his own family once again. It will be engineered by Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) and mixed by Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band).
Randolph will hit the road this Spring and Summer in support of his as yet untitled album. His tour is currently slated to kick off April 6th at the River Run Rocks Series in Keystone, CO. It’s set to run through August 16th and will include a pair of performances in North Carolina. The first of those dates is Friday, May 10th at Wilmington, NC’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. The second of his North Carolina dates is Saturday, May 11th in Beaufort, NC at the Beaufort Music Festival. Fans can get a full list of tour dates online at http://www.facebook.com/rrtfb, http://www.robertrandolph.net, http://www.myspace.com/robertrandolph and http://twitter.com/rrtfb.
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