Chat with Robert Randolph
An avid sports fan, Randolph & The Family Band were previously selected by ABC-TV's sports division as musical representatives of the 2002-2003 NBA season. Randolph wrote and performed ''Good Times,'' with lyrics written especially for the campaign, highlighting the slogan, ''We Got Hoops.''
A huge fan of the NY Giants and NY Mets, Randolph has worked with artists like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews Band and Steven Tyler, to name a few.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, RRFB will perform two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live and a mini-concert in the Kimmel parking lot. If you will be in the Los Angeles area and want tickets, just click here.
Send your questions now and join Randolph in The Show on Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:01 PM)
Hey everyone! Robert is here!
Timo (San Diego)
Do you think you could have been a pro athlete if you had focused on that instead of music?
Robert Randolph (3:02 PM)
Yes! I was a high school basketball star and a freshman on the varsity team! Around my junior year I got into some trouble and lost focus and got kicked off the team. But if I had stayed focused I would be in the NBA right now!
Anthony Wauwatosa Wisconsin
Ive seen you 7 times and each time you have worn a jersey how many jerseys do own?
Robert Randolph (3:03 PM)
I have at least 60 different jerseys! I'm starting to give them away. I donate some to charity. We'll figure it out. My favorite is Jeremy Shockey. Or my Carlos Beltran Mets jersey.
Robert, we saw you at the Hollywood Bowl with Dave Matthews and you were awesome. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Robert Randolph (3:04 PM)
My favorite to watch is NFL football. To me it is the greatest sport to watch. It's great to wake up, make some wings, put on all your gear and just get loud. It's the best thing ever.
Keith Allen (Michigan)
Who has the sweeter life, pro athletes or musicians? Would you trade lives with Vince Young?
Robert Randolph (3:05 PM)
Not Vince Young. He is more of a football player who has to deal with getting hit by big freakin' trucks! I would trade with Dwyane Wade! Athletes have it easier than musicians. You have so much to deal with as a musician. Athletes have it much easier!
Where did you get that hat? I want one.
Robert Randolph (3:06 PM)
That was specially made in LA! I looooove that hat. I have almost as many hats as jerseys.
What is the meaning behind the title colorblind?
Robert Randolph (3:07 PM)
The meaning behind it is that it is not racial but rather trying to take music back to what it used to be. Prince, Al Green, Michael Jackson. Aretha, The Beatles .. that was colorblind music. Today it is about where you are from. If you are black you must be a rapper or R&B singer. This record is more a celebration of life and just great music that we want to be colorblind. Anybody and everybody can love it.
Ed Sidley (Sea Girt, NJ)
do you get to attend a lot of sporting events when you are on the road?
Robert Randolph (3:08 PM)
I go to a lot of baseball games and football games and also basketball. We love to go to games on the road when we have a day off. When I'm home in the winter I go to lots of Knicks games at MSG. Sometimes I get to go to the Giants game but I actually like to watch football in sports bars.
Jacob (Oxford, MS)
I'm huge RRFB fan, actually drove from Los Angeles to Sayreville to see you guys tear it up at the Starland Ballroom last year. I go to school at Ole Miss now, so i was just wondering what your thoughts are on Eli?
Robert Randolph (3:09 PM)
Eli is on shaky terms with me right now! I'm sure with you and everyone else as well. In NY you only get three years! We only allow you three years to make it happen. Eli has potential but we'll just have to see. He has a real test against his brother. Ole Miss is a great school. We loved playing at frat parties there.
Jon Galante Butler, PA
My brother and I have had the pleasure to be on stage with you, which was the total fan involvment experience. Do you think people get into your concerts more than a sporting event, or vice versa?
Robert Randolph (3:10 PM)
Sometimes it is like that. People rock out way harder than being at a game. People are dancing and sweating for hours straight. It's great to see the fans having such a good time. It allows us to do a lot of different things.
What team do you think will "Press On" to win the Super Bowl this year?
Robert Randolph (3:11 PM)
Giants! I really thing it will be the Giants and Ravens and the Giants will be victorious because they have the better offense and defense!
Robert, I just saw you in Salt Lake City on the 30th of August and I really thought you were incredible when you were up there jamming with Dave Matthews. Whats it like being on tour with a group like them? Thanks!
Robert Randolph (3:12 PM)
It's great touring with Dave Matthews Band. We are out with them right now and we have become close friends. I had a chance to work with Dave on our new record on a song called "Love Is The Only Way". He wrote it but felt it would better for us to record it. We also wrote a song called "Angels" together.
Chris (Bawlmer, MD)
HI Robert...It's an honor and a pleasure to chat with you. NO question, just a comment: This chat room seems like it could use a little more energy today. How about you teach everyone The March?? Can't wait for the new album...thanks
Robert Randolph (3:13 PM)
(Laughing) I would love to! It is a great song with a little dance we started playing in 2001. We love to do the march!
ike. (Minneapolis, MN)
Because of your success as a musician, have you been able to meet any of your sports heroes? Who haven't you met that you've always wanted to meet?
Robert Randolph (3:14 PM)
Yes. I got to meet ARod, Lawrence Taylor, a lot of NBA guys like Patrick Ewing, Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey. That is the fun part. Athletes love musicians and musicians love athletes.
Come back to chicago and play squeeze for us!! We missed it in July! Anyways, if you could play ANY sports venue, which would it be??
Robert Randolph (3:15 PM)
I would want to play at Yankee Stadium. That is a prestigious stadium. Or the New Orleans Superdome. That could help bring some life back to that building. That would be key. New Orleans has such a great musical tradition. They love us in New Orleans so that would be great.
James (L.A., CA)
You're an excellent musician! If you had to choose between a not-so-important jam session or watching the (my!) Texas Longhorns play Ohio State, what would your choice be?
Robert Randolph (3:16 PM)
Sports always comes first! A big sports game is always first in my life.
Ed Sidley (Sea Girt, NJ)
How does it feel to be finished the album? Are you excited to get out on the road with the material or do you just want to relax for a bit?
Robert Randolph (3:18 PM)
It feels GREAT to finally be done. We got a chance to work with some of the greatest names in music like Clapton, Santana, Dave Matthews, Steven Tyler, etc. To have all that information and influence to make a great record was a great thing. To put that out now and stretch out some of these songs and enter another world musically is great. I can't wait.
Phil Galante (Butler, PA)
I admired Jimi Hendrix as a musician and Mario Lemieux as an athlete growing up. Just who were your role models growing up as a kid, in music and athletics?
Robert Randolph (3:19 PM)
I would probably say Michael Jordan. He had to deal with so much. He is probably the most famous athlete of all time. He couldn't go anywhere without being recognized. But he stayed so professional. You never really heard anything bad about him. On the musical side it was Stevie Wonder. He has maintained such a big profile and continued to make great music.
Chris (Bawlmer, MD)
OK, I lied, I do have a question. I know you really enjoy interacting with the crowds during your shows. Do you feel that the more popular you get, and the larger venues you start playing that it makes it more difficult to make that one-on-one connection with the audience?
Robert Randolph (3:20 PM)
I don't worry about that. It depends on the venues. Sometimes small clubs are cool but not comfortable. We just look to connect with fans no matter where we are. We love that connection musically because it allows us to go into different things during the show.
I've gotten the chance to see some of the new stuff live, and so far Diane is by far my favorite. Who is Diane, and which song(s) do you enjoy playing the most?
Robert Randolph (3:22 PM)
There is no Diane really. Diane is like Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. We started with some funky guitar riffs and wanted to write a life/love celebration song. It's about a girl who says she isn't into you but really is and you chase her until she comes around. Most guys can relate to it.
Any throwback jerseys? I could see you in a Dr J Nets jersey.
Robert Randolph (3:23 PM)
I have some old throwbacks. I have an old Babe Ruth jersey, old MJ with North Carolina, etc.
Jon Galante Butler, PA
What city has the best fans overall - meaning RRFB fans and fans that support their city's sporting teams?
Robert Randolph (3:25 PM)
You are trying to get me in trouble! New York City and Atlanta are the most hard core RRFB fans. New York is home for me. But I would say those two cities.
Robert Randolph (3:26 PM)
Thanks for the questions! I appreciate all the support and love. We are going to keep putting out great music and we will see you on the road somewhere! Take care!