Music for Hard Times: Robert Randolph Turns to Jesus


Robert Randolph and the Family Band have been putting out great music for some time now, but in their most recent effort, We Walk This Road, the boys bring a bit of American-roots nostalgia into their typical breed of funk, blues, and gospel.

Randolph provides a pretty good glimpse in the following video:

The album is well worth purchasing, but aural elements aside, Randolph brings a refreshing perspective to the forefront of our thinking:

This time that we’re in — in a time of depression — a lot of people don’t know what’s up or down, don’t know where their finances are going, or where the world is going. We are here with this record to really uplift people’s spirits, as well as uplift our own selves.

With songs like “I Still Belong to Jesus,” when people don’t know where they fit in — some people have been disowned, some people have been picked on or whatever — this song is there to lift you up. Regardless of who you are, you still are a child of God.

Economic woe and social hardship are the overarching themes of the album, but unlike many of today’s pop artists, Randolph avoids generic solutions like love and peace and change. Instead, he reminds us that our only hope is in Jesus.

“Something saved me long ago,” Randolph sings, “How it happened I don’t know…but when the night is long and dark, all you need is just one spark…I still belong to Jesus.”

We Walk This Road by Robert Randolph and the Family BandThe album continues with messages of hope and redemption, with Randolph wrapping it all together in the final track, singing, “Salvation is going to get the best of me. Salvation is going to help set me free.”

“Sometimes we all need a steady hand,” Randolph closes. “A rock where we can stand. On our own, there’s all too much to take in.”

It’s a message preached by many Christians (after all, it’s sort of the message), but I think it’s the simple stuff that we usually fail to apply, or at least apply consistently. We figure we’re all set to go in the fundamentals, so we fail to reanalyze and reinvestigate the fundamental components of our lives.

So my question to you is this:

Who are you leaning on in these times of economic hardship? Who are you putting your faith in for “reinvestment and recovery”?

To download We Walk This Road on Amazon, click here.

To download We Walk This Road on iTunes, click here.

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  • annie

    Slave traders and raiders “meant it for evil” when they brought the ancestors of these gifted men to our shores. “But God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis50:20) Through good times and bad, their songs of salvation have reminded a sometimes arrogant nation where true hope lies. Thanks for sharing.

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