Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Robert Randolph: The Word

Robert Randolph: The Word

There’s a buzz about Robert Randolph, an astounding virtuoso of the pedal-steel guitar who at age 24 has taken that instrument well beyond the realm with which it has long been associated.

“I want to make it known to all the world what a pedal steel guitar is,” says the New Jersey native. “Because a lot of people don’t even know what the instrument is, and the ones who do know think it’s only supposed to sound like country music. They don’t think of it sounding the way I play it. It’s like, ‘Wait a minute! You’re not supposed to be able to play jazz or Hendrix on a pedal steel.’ That within itself is fun, just seeing people react to something they never heard or saw before.”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published