Robert Randolph and the Family Band have just revealed the new video for ‘Have Mercy’, taken from their upcoming studio album, Brighter Days, which releases on August 23rd via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The album was produced by DaveCobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell).
| Talking about the song Randolph says, “I felt it was time I wrote a uplifting powerful song that embrace’s my roots of coming from church and that speaks to everyone going through some sort of pain, shame or struggles with depression. We wanted to let each and everyone know that God is with all of us and we can always look to the heavens for grace and mercy at all times. For the video we wanted to create an uplifting vibe with the choir that we used during the recording. Nashville’s Shannon Sanders and his choir totally made the vibe work even better!! We hope everyone enjoys the video, feels uplifted and puts a smile on faces all around the world”|
“Dave Cobb is just a guy who likes to record good music and good songs,” says Randolph. “He wanted to do something that was fun but it also gives you a gospel feeling. He knows the history of our band, coming from church and giving that fun church feeling to people.”
Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music – basically gospel played on pedal steel guitar – in the House of God church in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds but blood.
“The Family Band” is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolph is anchored by his cousins, bassist DanyelMorgan and drummer MarcusRandolph and his sister, vocalist LeneshaRandolph. Given his goals for the album, it’s fitting that the lone cover song Robert selected for the collection comes from Pops Staples and the Staples Singers, one of gospel’s greatest musical families, who seamlessly crossed over to secular R&B success with inspirational songs like Respect Yourself and I’ll Take You There. Their Simple Man is a deep, contemplative blues, its pensive nature amplified by Randolph’s signature weeping pedal steel guitar lines.
“When you think about Stax music and a lot of music from the 70s, especially like the Staples Singers, it was inspirational and you danced you had a good time. That’s what we really wanted to hone in on here: let’s sound good and have a natural good time that will bring listeners along. All of the music that we played in the beginning was what we would play in church. We just turned it into long jams.”
Producer Cobb is renowned for his vocal work and has often said that the voice comes first for him so it’s no surprise that he helped coax out some of Randolph’s best, deepest, most nuanced singing on the nine songs where he takes the lead. It is a little surprising, however just how simple Cobb’s “secret” really was: just be yourself.
“Over the years I’ve learned how to write these songs that make you feel kind of spiritual and have the gospel roots, just like the great music of people like the Four Tops, Temptations and Ray Charles. It all comes from the same place. We don’t want to sound like them – or like anybody – but that’s the feeling we want to evoke.
01 Baptise Me 02 Don’t Fight It 03 Simple Man 04 Have Mercy 05 Cut Em Loose 06 Second Hand Man 07 Cry Over Me 08 I Need You 09 I’m Living Off the Love You Give 10 Strange Train
|Released: 23 August 2019|
Provogue/Mascot Label Group