Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers, Wed. Feb. 20, 2013, Rio Theatre


Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
at the Rio Theatre

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“…a soul-stirring blend of gospel…electric blues and rock.” – NPR

Sacred Steel is a dynamic, house-rocking blend of blues, gospel, rock and soul that respects faith and funk in equal measure. Regarded as a modern master of Sacred Steel’s distinctive voice, the electric steel guitar, Robert Randolph can make the instrument express everything from the deepest sadness to a growling, effusive joy. With this concert he pays homage to his Sacred Steel forebears by presenting Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent and Chuck and Darick Campbell, all legendary masters of the lap and pedal steel guitar. “Godfathers of the electric church” and “masters of the Sacred Steel” have been just a few of the many accolades heaped upon The Slide Brothers. This groups presents slide and steel guitar at its finest, with a reverence not only for the Spirit, but a mutual reverence for what these players have contributed to the genre.

These players will release their debut album as a group, Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers, on February 19th.  This album was catalyzed and co-produced by crossover star Robert Randolph, and contains eleven tracks of some of the most inspired slide guitar playing recorded.  The record spans gospel, funk and blues, and even tackles some rock standards, such as The Allman Brother’s “Don’t Keep Me Wondering.”  As Chuck Campbell says, “we wanted to play these songs with the same conviction we have in church – playing the steel so that you can almost hear the words as if they were sung by a voice.”

Each of these players was raised in The Church of the Living God, an African-American Pentecostal denomination that has employed the use of steel guitar in devotional practices since the 1930s.  Ghent is a stalwart of the sacred steel community and is known at the “Preaching Deacon” for having stayed true to his gospel roots in his music.  Chuck Campbell has been playing lap steel guitar since the age of twelve, while his brother Darick first made his musical mark as a drummer (becoming the drummer for the National Convocation of the House of God Church in Nashville) before switching to the slide.

Randolph, growing up in Orange, New Jersey, started making waves in 2000 when he started playing club dates in New York City and introduced sacred steel to new audiences.  His group, The Family Band fuses the steel tradition with a rock aesthetic releasing their debut in 2001.  They quickly began touring with the likes of Eric Clapton and recording with heavyweights such as T-Bone Burnett.  But, as Randolph puts it, “By co-producing and presenting the new album from The Slide Brothers, I’m hoping that this story can finally be told…for eighty years this music has been hidden inside churches and these older guys were not allowed to play anything else.  Now we’re all hanging out with The Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy and B.B. King, and can use gospel and [secular] music to tell our story.”  As Chuck Campbell puts it, “Robert was able to pull together the top steel players from different generations.  It is truly an honor to be a part of an album that brings together so many wonderful people.”

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Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers

DATE: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
LOCATION: Rio Theatre
ADDRESS: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
TIME: 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $40/Gold Circle, $25/General Admission
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Kelly Johanns-DiCillo

(216) 464-2313 Ext. 2470


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