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From revival to rollicking - Rob- ert Randolph and The Family Band are back with their fifth stu- dio release, Got Soul. The group continues to build on a diverse and solid catalogue that blends the best of gospel, funk, rock and soul. As much as rhythm propels their music, it is Robert’s unique approach to the pedal steel guitar that gives The Fam- ily an energetic, engaging style that nods to the past but is very much in the present. Robert has shown the world that the steel goes well beyond country music. Their 12-track CD opens strong with the pairing of the spirited “Got Soul” and “She Got Soul” featuring Anthony Hamilton. The tempo slows for “Love Do What It Do” with Darius Rucker handling lead vocals. The dance- able “Shake It” will have you shaking as will their creative cover of ZZ Top’s “Thank You.” The instrumental “Heaven’s Call- ing” along with “Find A Way” finds Robert Randolph explor- ing a wide range of textures and Watch Robert Randolph and The Family Band perform “Got Soul” NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 32