We Walk This Road

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Even though Robert Randolph & the Family Band had already become famous for blending gospel, blues, and contemporary styles on their first two albums, they decided to bring that same sort of syncretism to their source material for the third, We Walk This Road. Toward that end, they brought in producer T-Bone Burnett, a man who knows a thing or two about reconciling American roots music with the modern world. The results succeed in extending the group's scope in a way that matches its sound. Randolph, who was only allowed to listen to Christian music growing up, has stated that Burnett's deep knowledge of blues history opened up new worlds for him, and the steel guitar star...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Even though Robert Randolph & the Family Band had already become famous for blending gospel, blues, and contemporary styles on their first two albums, they decided to bring that same sort of syncretism to their source material for the third, We Walk This Road. Toward that end, they brought in producer T-Bone Burnett, a man who knows a thing or two about reconciling American roots music with the modern world. The results succeed in extending the group's scope in a way that matches its sound. Randolph, who was only allowed to listen to Christian music growing up, has stated that Burnett's deep knowledge of blues history opened up new worlds for him, and the steel guitar star has reckoned that he ended up spending thousands of dollars "catching up" and buying music from iTunes. Ultimately, though, the process isn't important -- what matters is what Burnett and the band achieved together, and We Walk This Road is a consistently surprising tour de force that moves easily through rock, blues, R&B, gospel, and more, sometimes bringing them all together at the same time. "If I Had My Way," for example, modernizes Blind Willie Johnson's gospel-blues classic with touches of rock, electric blues, and hip-hop, as Randolph trades licks with guest Ben Harper. Musical roots of a comparatively more recent vintage are tapped as well, like on the swampy, funked-up version of John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama," which features some guest guitar from Doyle Bramhall II, and a groove-conscious, pop-savvy take on Prince's "Walk Don't Walk." Naturally, the most striking sonic thread connecting these winding paths together is the visceral but otherworldly "sacred steel" work of Randolph himself, which remains a wonder to behold no matter the context.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2010
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624985587
  • Catalog Number: 511230
  • Sales rank: 36,174

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Segue 1: "Traveling Shoes" Interlude - Mitchell's Christian Singers (0:25)
  2. 2 Traveling Shoes - Robert Randolph (3:48)
  3. 3 Segue 2: "Traveling Shoes" Interlude - Mitchell's Christian Singers (0:09)
  4. 4 Back To the Wall - Will Gray (3:30)
  5. 5 Shot of Love - Robert Randolph (5:36)
  6. 6 I Still Belong To Jesus - Robert Randolph (6:01)
  7. 7 Segue 3: "If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down" Interlude - Robert Randolph (0:27)
  8. 8 If I Had My Way - Robert Randolph (5:35)
  9. 9 Segue 4: "If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down" Interlude - Robert Randolph (0:21)
  10. 10 Don't Change - Robert Randolph (4:47)
  11. 11 I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama - Robert Randolph (5:49)
  12. 12 Walk Don't Walk - Robert Randolph (4:06)
  13. 13 Segue 5: "Them Bones" Interlude - Mitchell's Christian Singers (0:19)
  14. 14 Dry Bones - Robert Randolph (3:42)
  15. 15 Segue 6: "Them Bones" Interlude - Mitchell's Christian Singers (0:16)
  16. 16 I'm Not Listening - Robert Randolph (5:03)
  17. 17 Salvation - Robert Randolph (5:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Randolph & the Family Band Primary Artist
Robert Randolph Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Leon Russell Piano, Guest Appearance
Jim Keltner Drums
Doyle Bramhall Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Dennis Crouch Bass
Ben Harper Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Nick Lane Euphonium
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Trombonium
Tommy Sims Bass
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Jay Bellerose Drums
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar
Lenesha Randolph Vocals
Marcus Randolph Steel Guitar
Ben Kesler Banjo
Kenneth Kugler Tuba
Danyel Morgan Bass, Vocals
Keefus Ciancia Keyboards
Jason Hamlin Acoustic Guitar
Will Gray Vocals
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Peter Case Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Lennon Composer
Prince Composer
Tonio K. Composer
T Bone Burnett Composer, Producer
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements
Lenny Waronker Producer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Steve McEwan Composer
Traditional Composer
Robert Randolph Composer
Paul Ackling Guitar Techician, Equipment Technician
Jason Wormer Engineer
Ben Kesler Engineer, drum programming
Kristina Train Composer
Jason Hamlin Composer
Will Gray Composer
James Dearness Hogarth Composer
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