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February 21, 2013
Arriving as if from outer space in the early '00s as something of a Jimi Hendrix of pedal steel guitar, Robert Randolph rose out of the "sacred steel" of gospel churches that have been subbing the instrument in place of a church organ since the '40s. After fronting his own band as well as the jam-band blues supergroup the Word, Randolph has returned to his roots with his blues-soaked new project, the Slide Brothers, which also features pedal steel players Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent, Chuck and Darick Campbell.
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May 2, 2013
Recently signed to the Universal label, La Santa Cecilia this year released its first single off the new album "El Hielo (Ice)," a deceptively easygoing bossa nova-infused tune that personalizes the plight of undocumented migrants. The plaintive ballad draws on the experiences of some of the band members, all children of Latin American immigrants. The band will perform at the annual Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo festival at the Greek Theatre on a bill headlined by the iconic East L.A. rock group that also includes Los Super 7, Willie G of Thee Midniters, Kinky, Robert Randolph and El Chicano.
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January 28, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cody Dickinson, drummer of the band the Word, turns to pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph as they sit on a sofa in the House of Blues dressing room before their concert on Friday. "Tell him about the deal you made in Mississippi," Dickinson says to his cohort. "The deal?" asks Randolph, casually strumming an acoustic guitar. "You know, you went to the crossroads ....
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February 21, 2013
Arriving as if from outer space in the early '00s as something of a Jimi Hendrix of pedal steel guitar, Robert Randolph rose out of the "sacred steel" of gospel churches that have been subbing the instrument in place of a church organ since the '40s. After fronting his own band as well as the jam-band blues supergroup the Word, Randolph has returned to his roots with his blues-soaked new project, the Slide Brothers, which also features pedal steel players Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent, Chuck and Darick Campbell.
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January 20, 2002
The Word cooked up one of last year's hot-to-the-touch albums, a self-titled collection of earthy and transcendent gospel instrumentals. Saturday at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Left: The Word's Robert Randolph.
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June 12, 2010
Playboy Jazz Festival Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles Featuring: Sat.: Chick Corea Freedom Band, Kurt Elling, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Marcus Miller Band, Trombone Shorty and more. Sun.: George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and others. When: 2:30 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Price: $20 to $150 Info: (310) 450-1173; http://www.playboyjazz.
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June 13, 2004
Holy omission! In Lynell George's "Putting Pedal to the Metal" (June 6), she regrettably failed to mention Robert Randolph's great contribution to the Blind Boys of Alabama's Grammy-winning "Higher Ground" (2002). His blazing duet with guest guitar-slinger Ben Harper on the Stevie Wonder-penned title track, as well as his Family Band's solid session support on the entire gospel/blues/rock CD provided enough musically bright moments to make any blind person "see the light." Robert Leslie Dean Los Angeles
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June 27, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
It was a good thing John Travolta was getting smooched by wife Kelly Preston on the "Savages" red carpet Monday night, because the actor hasn't been getting much kindness in the rest of his public life. Travolta -- recently hit with a couple of now-you-see-'em, now-you-don't federal lawsuits brought by "John Doe" masseurs who accused the actor of sexual battery and then had their suits dismissed without prejudice -- has some new paperwork crossing lawyer Martin Singer's desk.  A lawsuit from a third accuser, a former cruise ship VIP steward who alleges Travolta assaulted him on a Royal Caribbean Cruises sail in 2009, was filed last week in U.S. District Court.
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April 17, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
There's a track on Robbie Robertson's new album, "How to Become Clairvoyant," that's destined to generate buzz among guitar aficionados, not just for the sincerity with which Robertson pays homage to a litany of the instrument's great practitioners but for the company the celebrated musician chose to help out on it. That song, "The Axman," name-checks many who are no longer living, and one who remains: Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt,...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013
Recently signed to the Universal label, La Santa Cecilia this year released its first single off the new album "El Hielo (Ice)," a deceptively easygoing bossa nova-infused tune that personalizes the plight of undocumented migrants. The plaintive ballad draws on the experiences of some of the band members, all children of Latin American immigrants. The band will perform at the annual Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo festival at the Greek Theatre on a bill headlined by the iconic East L.A. rock group that also includes Los Super 7, Willie G of Thee Midniters, Kinky, Robert Randolph and El Chicano.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
It was a good thing John Travolta was getting smooched by wife Kelly Preston on the "Savages" red carpet Monday night, because the actor hasn't been getting much kindness in the rest of his public life. Travolta -- recently hit with a couple of now-you-see-'em, now-you-don't federal lawsuits brought by "John Doe" masseurs who accused the actor of sexual battery and then had their suits dismissed without prejudice -- has some new paperwork crossing lawyer Martin Singer's desk.  A lawsuit from a third accuser, a former cruise ship VIP steward who alleges Travolta assaulted him on a Royal Caribbean Cruises sail in 2009, was filed last week in U.S. District Court.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
There's a track on Robbie Robertson's new album, "How to Become Clairvoyant," that's destined to generate buzz among guitar aficionados, not just for the sincerity with which Robertson pays homage to a litany of the instrument's great practitioners but for the company the celebrated musician chose to help out on it. That song, "The Axman," name-checks many who are no longer living, and one who remains: Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt,...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2010
Playboy Jazz Festival Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles Featuring: Sat.: Chick Corea Freedom Band, Kurt Elling, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Marcus Miller Band, Trombone Shorty and more. Sun.: George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and others. When: 2:30 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Price: $20 to $150 Info: (310) 450-1173; http://www.playboyjazz.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2004
Holy omission! In Lynell George's "Putting Pedal to the Metal" (June 6), she regrettably failed to mention Robert Randolph's great contribution to the Blind Boys of Alabama's Grammy-winning "Higher Ground" (2002). His blazing duet with guest guitar-slinger Ben Harper on the Stevie Wonder-penned title track, as well as his Family Band's solid session support on the entire gospel/blues/rock CD provided enough musically bright moments to make any blind person "see the light." Robert Leslie Dean Los Angeles
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June 6, 2004 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
An informal survey among the faithful would tell you just this: Since Robert Randolph's been making his joyful noise, the distance between heaven and Earth has measurably narrowed. So too, for that matter, has the distance between blues and rock, country and soul, black and white and young and old. Charting a straight line from his Orange, N.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2002 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cody Dickinson, drummer of the band the Word, turns to pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph as they sit on a sofa in the House of Blues dressing room before their concert on Friday. "Tell him about the deal you made in Mississippi," Dickinson says to his cohort. "The deal?" asks Randolph, casually strumming an acoustic guitar. "You know, you went to the crossroads ....
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2004 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
An informal survey among the faithful would tell you just this: Since Robert Randolph's been making his joyful noise, the distance between heaven and Earth has measurably narrowed. So too, for that matter, has the distance between blues and rock, country and soul, black and white and young and old. Charting a straight line from his Orange, N.J.
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March 10, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Robert Randolph, a prominent set designer in New York and Los Angeles for several decades and whose work on "Bye Bye Birdie," "Little Me," "Sweet Charity," "Applause" and "Porgy and Bess" was nominated for Tony awards, died March 3 at his home in Palm Springs after a lengthy illness. He was 77.
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January 20, 2002
The Word cooked up one of last year's hot-to-the-touch albums, a self-titled collection of earthy and transcendent gospel instrumentals. Saturday at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Left: The Word's Robert Randolph.
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