Robert Randolph To Discuss New Album At The GRAMMY Museum®

by laliveinsider on Sat., May 01 at 12:01 AM

Pedal Steel Guitarist To Preview We Walk This Road
The Day of Its Release

LOS ANGELES (May 2010) - On June 22, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum® will host prolific pedal steel guitarist and bandleader Robert Randolph to discuss his hotly-anticipated new album, We Walk This Road, the day of its release.

\"Part Jimi Hendrix, part Robert Johnson, Robert Randolph brings a brand new dimension to music with his exquisite pedal steel guitar playing and magnificently diverse sound,\" said Executive Director Robert Santelli, who will conduct the interview.  \"We are thrilled to welcome him to our stage the very day he lets this exciting new album loose on the world.\"

GRAMMY®-nominated Robert Randolph and The Family Band's new album We Walk This Road-the first since the band's acclaimed 2006 effort, Colorblind-is set for release June 22 on Warner Bros. Records. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album continues the Sacred Steel tradition for which Randolph has earned wide praise, including the New York Times, which applauds \"his rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument sing without a word.\" Randolph is also renowned for his passionate live performance-called \"a spiritual celebration complete with audience participation and animated dancing\" by the Chicago Tribune.
Throughout the recording of We Walk This Road, Randolph and Burnett worked closely together as archivists, discovering songs-decade by decade-from the 20th century American music canon. The songs they uncovered, ranging from blues and rock to field recordings and gospel, serve as the inspiration for the 11 songs on We Walk This Road. Recorded at the Village Recorders and Electro Magnetic Studio, the album includes \"If I Had My Way\" (featuring Ben Harper), \"Salvation\" (featuring Leon Russell), and reinterpretations of Prince's \"Walk Don't Walk,\" Bob Dylan's \"Shot Of Love,\" (featuring Jim Keltner, who played drums on the original version) and John Lennon's \"I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama\" (featuring Doyle Bramhall II).

Before an intimate audience of 200 in the Museum's GRAMMY® Sound Stage, hear Randolph field questions about the songwriting, instrumentation, and collaboration that went into the new album.  Following the interview, Randolph will take questions from the audience and sign copies of the new CD.  On June 13, 2010, Randolph and the Family Band will appear at the Hollywood Bowl as part of the 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

The GRAMMY Museum® launched its celebrated public program series \"The Drop\" in June 2009 with critically-acclaimed artists Nanci Griffith, Rhett Miller, Mandy Moore, and Marshall Crenshaw.  Since then, Ace Frehley, Todd Snider, Jakob Dylan, Shooter Jennings, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have all \"dropped\" their albums at The GRAMMY Museum®.  Taking place in the Museum's state-of-the-art GRAMMY® Sound Stage, the series regularly features musicians live and onstage discussing their most recent albums and musical projects, allowing fans the chance to hear about their newest work in a unique and intimate setting.

\"The Drop: Robert Randolph\" will take place at 8pm in the GRAMMY® Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum®.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  On sale Monday, May 24, tickets are $15 and can be purchased in-person at the Museum Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1.800.745.3000.  For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visit grammymuseum.org.

The GRAMMY Museum® is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

About The GRAMMY Museum®

Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY® Award. The GRAMMY Museum® features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum® can deliver.

American Express is the Premiere Partner of The GRAMMY Museum®.  For more information about American Express and music, visit americanexpress.com/entertainment.

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