Something Else! sneak peek: Robert Randolph and the Family Band, “Born Again” (2013)

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Robert Randolph and his Family Band are poised to follow up on that T-Bone Burnett-produced affair We Walk This Road (2010) with Lickety Split, a group of a dozen new recordings including nine new originals. That’s due out July 16 on the renowned Blue Note label, but today comes an advance single.

Randolph is such a savvy interpreter of other people’s songs, but “Born Again” is an example of where he can create “new” old classics steeped in the gospel and soul of his life’s experiences. Reuniting with songwriting partners like Shannon Snders and Drew Ramsey, “Born Again” is a tip off that we’re set to enjoy more fruits of those collaborations.

Initially conceived as a love song about finding a new girlfriend, the song took on a broader meaning by the time it was done. “It’s about finding joy again,” explains Randolph. “It’s not a religious thing, it’s just new energy…which is really the old energy that I had at the beginning of my career.”

Imagine Stephen Stills’ “Love The One You’re With” given the Otis Redding treatment with heaping helpings from the pews. And then toss in Randolph’s mighty pedal steel into the mix?

Oh, mama…

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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