Robert Randolph, Blue Note Release Details On New Album

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

It is finally official.  Robert Randolph makes his grand return this Summer.  The veteran musician will release his first new album in three years on July 16th via Blue Note Records.  Twelve tracks make up Lickety Split.  The longest of that set comes in at a little more than six minutes and the shortest (also the album’s closer) clocks in at just under three minutes.  Randolph explained in an interview just what fans can expect from this highly anticipated new release.  “This record has elements from all of our earlier records,” he said.  “There are cool songs with lots of guitar and we can see the growth of our band in the new recordings.” “With this record we got to reconnect with the originality and creativity that fans fell in love with from the very beginning. This is the music that we started out playing and now that we are back on a roll I’m sure we won’t keep our fans waiting three years for the next album.”

Randolph played a very large role in this record.  He co-produced the album and co-wrote nine of the album’s twelve tracks.  The album kicks off with a high energy piece in ‘Amped Up’, which is then followed up by an equally fun song in ‘Born Again.’  Randolph commented on the song, explaining its evolution from a love song of sorts to a whole other being.  “It’s about finding the joy again,” he said.  “At first it was more of a love song, about the sense you get when you find the right person. Then, as we were recording this new music with a whole new sense of direction and feeling free again it all came together. It’s not a religious thing, it’s just new energy—which is really the old energy that I had at the beginning of my career.”

Randolph also commented on what is one his own favorite songs from the album, the LP’s title song.  The album’s title track features his sister Lenesha on vocals.  “What’s great about that one is that it’s something we actually played in church, just like that,” he says. “There’s a section in the service called the ‘Jubilee Jam Session Time’.

Both Randolph and Blue Note President Don Was were very happy in the announcement of both this album and Robert’s addition to the Blue Note family.  “Robert Randolph is an American Original,” noted 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. This album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances.” Lickety Split hits stores and online outlets Tuesday, July 16th.  The full track listing is below:

Track listing for Lickety Split:

 

1. Amped Up                                                3:18

2. Born Again                                               4:20

3. New Orleans                                            4.11

4. Take The Party                                        4:09

5.  Brand New Wayo                                    4:36

6. Lickety Split                                              4:01

7.  Blacky Joe                                               5:49

8. Love Rollercoaster                                    3:12

9. All American                                              2:43

10. Get Ready                                                5:07

11. Welcome Home                                        6:11

12. Good Lovin’                                              2:55

Randolph kicks off a tour in support of his new album this Friday, April 19th.  The tour kicks off at the Wanne Festival in Live Oak, FL.  He also has three dates planned for North Carolina.  He will perform at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC on May 10 and follow up that concert with a pair of dates in Beaufort, NC and Graham, NC respectively on May 11th and 12th.  For a full listing of tour dates, fans can follow Robert Randolph on his official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/rrtfb or his official website, http://www.robertrandolph.net.  Fans can also find him on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/robertrandolph and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rrtfb.

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Robert Randolph Announces New Record Deal, Tour

Courtesy:  Merlis For Hire

Courtesy: Merlis For Hire

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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The Morning After Starts Work On New Album

Courtesy:  The Morning After

Courtesy: The Morning After

The Morning After has officially announced that it has started working on the early stages of its new full length studio release.  The band has announced that Grammy winning former Carolina Chocolcate Drops member and current Mary Annettes member Justin Robinson will produce the band’s new album.  It was Robinson’s work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops that earned him a Grammy award in 2010.  He is currently touring with the Mary Annettes, which is his own band.  The band’s new album is expected to be available this Fall.  In the meantime, audiences can check out the new video for the band’s song, ‘Warm Like The Sun’ now just by clicking here http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/10874634?eid=A848646_16365532_48862398_lnk1000

Audiences can also check out the band live as it tours in support of its current album, Starless Nights.  The band will be performing live at the Pour House on Friday, March 15th.  It will also make a couple of stops on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast on March 21st and 29th in Beaufort and Wilmington respectively before heading back to the Pour House for a return engagement on Saturday, June 1st.  Audiences in Raleigh, North Carolina will also get the chance to see the band in a very special performance as it performs at the state’s capitol at the ‘Works-Downtown Raleigh’s 4th of July Celebration.’  These are just a handful of dates that the band has scheduled.  Fans can get all the latest tour dates and more when they check out the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/morningaftermusic

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Join the “Coolest Summer Party” in “America’s Coolest Small Town”

BEAUFORT, N.C.–The “Coolest Small Town in America” invites you to the “Coolest Summer Party.”  Beaufort will host the “Coolest Summer Party” July 14th from 7pm to 11pm.  It will be held at the Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street in Beaufort. 

The “Coolest Summer Party” was originally started in 2009 as part of the town’s 300th anniversary.  Tickets for the party are $100 per person.  Ticket price includes gourmet food from Beaufort’s own Beaufort Grocery Company.  There will be live music from The Phase Band, who have been performing in the Southeast for over three decades.  A live and silent auction will also be held to raise money for the Beaufort Historical Association.  Katherine Team is event co-chair.  She shared her thoughts on the party, saying, “So many of our friends only come to Beaufort during the summer, so it’s a great time to celebrate the fun of a big party in a relaxed atmosphere here at the Historic Site.”  She also noted expectations for this year’s events.  She said, “This party is sure to be one of the best of the year.  The wonderful people that attend are what make this party, and it’s a great way to have fun while also supporting a worthwhile cause.”

Tickets for the party can be purchased at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street in Downtown Beaufort or by phone at 252-728-5225.  More information on the party and other events throughout Beaufort is available online at http://www.beauforthistoricsite.org.