Look, I know each of these religiously affiliated bands have earned a ton of Grammy and Dove awards and each has built up a significant fan base, but where’s the beef amongst all the hallelujahs? Why does spiritual music always have to be presented in the blandest way possible?
About the only, ahem, salvation of this hoo-ha is Robert Randolph & The Family Band (pictured above). Besides being named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 100 guitar players of all time, Randolph actually adds some southern gospel grit to his songs of inspiration. The better-known white boys on this bill could certainly learn a thing or two from him.
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