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Thrill of It - Robert Randolph & The Family Band

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Legbamel Not-Pop

There are to interesting things about the video for Thrill of It - the pedal steel guitar thing-a-ma-bobber (I don't think that's the technical term) that Robert Randolph plays and the fact that he and The Family Band don't get airplay. This seriously funky song should, by itself, guarantee them a spot on the charts but their only really well-known song is Ain't Nothing Wrong with That. I love that song but Robert Randolph and the Family Band do so much more. Heck, they had Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews in the studio with them. I named these folks as the Music of the Month months ago based on the strength of this album, "Colorblind". Thrill of It reminds me of a few other artists, most notably Terrence Trent D'Arby (in his funkier moments) crossed with Tower of Power, where the power comes from guitars rather than horns.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. I first saw Robert Randolph on the Palladia HD music channel. He was part of a concert in England featuring, among others, Eric Clapton and The Police. Randolph and his band did an amazing instrumental version of Voodoo Chile. Very impressive. Although I have seen impressive performances on the pedal steel guitar before, his playing was some of the sharpest I've heard with that instrument.

  2. I think he's amazingly talented, especially in proportion to the commercial success he's had (meaning almost none). Thanks for your note - I'll have to see if I can find their cover of that song.

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