Robert Randolph, John Medeski and the North Mississippi Allstars aka THE WORD rocked the CONAN stage last night with a performance of “Come By Here,” the first single from their new album SOUL FOOD.
For some people, gospel music is all about the message — of faith and forbearance, sin and salvation. For the members of the mostly instrumental supergroup known as The Word, gospel is more about a feeling. The group’s long-awaited second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel…..Whether the tune is a familiar hymn or a free-form jam, the musicians are locked on to the same spirit frequency — and they’re spreading The Word even when there are no words. – NPR’s All Things Considered
Listen to the full review here: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/07/404982520/for-the-word-gospel-is-more-about-a-feeling
Would it be sacrilege to say the new album by gospel supergroup The Word is a hell of a good time? Soul Food, the first offering from the occasional band in 14 years, is brimming with energy and a good-time spirit. – CNN
It has been a while — some 14 years — since the self-titled first album by the Word, a gospel-blues supergroup composed of the pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, the keyboardist John Medeski and the North Mississippi Allstars. Nobody has been slacking during that time. But despite some successful reunion tours, the Word only just got around to releasing a second album, “Soul Food” (Vanguard). It’s a catalog of strengths, a romp through sacred steel music, blues and Southern soul that often sounds as if it could have been recorded in heated performance. – New York Times
Soul Food, the second mostly–‐instrumental chapter in the quintet’s exploration of the sacred space where gospel, jazz, blues and improvised rock’s X–‐factor joyously intersect. – Rolling Stone
After more than 14 years, The Word—the gospel supergroup that launched the career of pedalsteel guitarist Robert Randolph —has released the long awaited follow-up to its eponymous debut. Soul Food features the outfit’s trademark roof-raising, gospel-infused boogie—nine instrumentals and two with vocals. – Relix
This rich musical stew is an earthy blend of gospel tinged Southern-cooked rock. – Vintage Guitar