Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a group caught between desires. On one hand you have a frontman who’s brought the pedal steel guitar to the masses via blistering chops (much like Jerry Douglass with the dobro). His country/blues exploits with the North Mississippi All Stars show just how twangy and raunchy Randolph can be. On the other hand is a need for a solid fanbase you can relate to. In much the same way that Dave Matthews Band quickly left behind hope of any respectability by deliberately dipping into pop, Randolph too is running the risk of clich

Jessica Boullion
Stare into my eyes and wonder where my career will go. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

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