The US pedal steel guitarist, singer and songwriter Robert Randolph is still considered an insider tip in Europe 17 years after his first record release and even after the Grammy candidacy of his last album "Got Soul" (2018 nominated in the category "Best Contemporary Blues Album").
It's hard to believe, because the musician from New Jersey, who comes from Gospel and has long been at home in Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues and Jamrock, sets his own pieces as well as newly interpreted classics under fire with his favourite instrument in such a brilliant way that connoisseurs call him the Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar and the American Rolling Stone called him one of the hundred best guitarists of all time.
Randolph's new longplayer "Brighter Days" has all the prerequisites to clear the fog for him in these parts as well. Not least because he has been signed to the Mascot Label Group, into whose artist roster he fits perfectly.
Reviews"His instrument is the pedalsteel. ... the New Jersey string maestro coaxes astonishingly hard impulses from the instrument rooted in country music to soundtrack blues and soul tracks." (Audio, September 2018)
"Powerful rockers like 'Strange Train' or 'Don't Fight It' and Gospel-inspired numbers such as 'Baptise Me' or 'Have Mercy' provide the Robert Randolph with excellent pedal steel excellent pedal steel solos. A cracking disc." (Good Times, October / November 2019)