Robert Randolph sure knows how to play the pedal-steel guitar. But what makes him unique is that he’s not playing it in a country band, the instrument’s traditional home. He’s playing it in the context of the blues.
This time out, Robert Randolph and His Family Band was less ‘family’ and more studio or road type musicians than in his past appearances in the Capital District. Anyone remember his blistering performance with more family members in the ranks a few years back on the Empire State Plaza? Or even further back at the now long gone Saratoga Winners?
Not that the music at The Egg wasn’t great, but some thought that it was less than inspired on this particular night. Maybe Randolph and family were a little tired from touring in support of their new album, “We Walk This Road,” produced by famed studio music-magician T Bone Burnett.
What blew a lot of people’s minds was the band that came on right before Randolph. The Hill Country Revue rocked The Egg on its foundation that night, detonating an explosive, two-guitar attack. Their Mississippi boogie and southern blues-rock mix left many in the audience howling for more.