Sacred Steel Bellows: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, “If I Had My Way”

Pedal steel gunslinger, Robert Randolph harnessed esteemed producer T-Bone Burnet’s well-tuned ear for counsel on We Walk This Way - his first studio album in four years. He was rewarded with a history lesson, excavating over a century of rock, blues and gospel. Randolph voices, “T-Bone opened my eyes to great archival music. He's a link between the past and the present."

This 11-song collection is a first-class work, including revamped dupes of Bob Dylan's "Shot of Love," "Walk Don't Walk" by Prince and John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama.” But it’s the exorcism and renovation of Blind Willie Johnson’s gospel-blues number “If I Had My Way” that leaps out at our rock ‘n roll stethoscopes. Featuring an ace guest spot on slide and vocals by Ben Harper; the barnstorming track’s vivid wails burn with turpentine grace and give reason to drop kudos on the lawless strut of We Walk This Way.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band: Robert Randolph, pedal steel, vox; Danyel Morgan, bass; Marcus Randolph, drums

We Walk This Way
is out now on Warner Bros.

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