[29 July 2010]
Steel guitar blues master Robert Randolph and band delve into the roots of blues and R&B on their latest album We Walk This Road. Randolph and producer T Bone Burnett mined the American musical archives for the record to produce something of an ode to 20th century American music. Along the way, Randolph and his ace band rework songs by John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Prince, as well as older tunes. Today we have the pleasure of premiering a live video performance of “Traveling Shoes” produced by Yours Truly that includes an enlightening interview segment.
Today in his review of the album for PopMatters, Ryan Reed said of “Traveling Shoes”: “Burnett’s influence behind the boards is felt immediately, with Marcus Randolph’s drums pounding, bone-dry and big. It’s a stellar track with a sweltering groove—most importantly, it does exactly what the album aspires toward: merging the ancient and the current, proving the Road hasn’t changed a bit. The inspired ‘No, no, no, no / No, no, no’ chant sounds like the blues incarnate, and Randolph’s whirring pedal steel is the sound of pain filtered through an instrument.”