Saturday, December 11, 2004

Quote & Music of the day -- 12/11/04

"In a genuine free-market economy, no one may exploit anyone else in order to acquire an ironclad guarantee against loss." -- Murray Rothbard

The Word

If you're a fan of bluesy rock music, get this album. If you're a fan of gospel music, get this album. If you're a fan of the pedal steel guitar, you probably already have this album, and those who don't would be wise to change that.

The Word is a collaboration consisting of John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood) on organ, Robert Randolph on pedal steel guitar, and three members of The North Mississippi Allstars (Chris Chew - bass, Luther Dickinson - guitar, Cody Dickinson - drums & electric washboard).

Even if you don't fit into any of the above categories, I think you'd be hard pressed to listen to this album and not enjoy at least some of it. Every song in this collection provides the type of upbeat, toe tapping sound that'll put smiles on peoples' faces. The opening number, one of my favorites, sets the tone and is appropriately titled "Joyful Sounds", and joyful sounds continue throughout this album. Those who are familiar with the stellar soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" will recognize one of the later songs ("I'll Fly Away"), although the version of the song found here is much livelier.

This album also serves as a showcase for Robert Randolph, THE rising star associated with the pedal steel guitar. Randolph mastered his craft through years of performing at his church, and is now sharing his gift with everyone else. The Word certainly qualifies as a good outlet for Randolph to strut his stuff for a wider audience.


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