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Errol's Pick

Robert Randolph and the Family Band are masters of sacred steel music. The group plays the jazz festival on Sunday with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and our music columnist Errol Nazareth introduced us to their unique sound on the show this morning. Randolph is a virtuoso of a 13-string pedal steel guitar and the group's sacred steel sound embraces gospel, soul, rock and funk. The sacred steel guitar is essentially a pedal steel guitar. African-American Pentecostal churches began using the pedal steel instead of an organ in the 20s, ushering in a new gospel style. The Grammy-nominated musician has since played all over the world and was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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