The New Jersey funk and soul jam band Robert Randolph and the Family Band draws on secular and African-American musical traditions from the past century in its eclectic fusion of gospel, blues, and funk.
Robert Randolph is an ideal frontman for the band: He is a virtuoso on the upright steel pedal guitar — which is the primary element in the African-American religious music known as “sacred steel” — and also is a guest performer for the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band's latest album, We Walk This Road, was produced by T-Bone Burnett and contains a number of updated gospel standards like “If I Had My Way,” which was first recorded by the blues musician Blind Willie Johnson in 1927. It also has covers of John Lennon, Prince and Bob Dylan tunes.
The group plays the Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday night. Download “If I Had My Way” above or watch the video for the song below.