The Word to Release First Album in 14 Years

the wordFourteen years after releasing their self-titled album, The Word reconvenes for Part II of their adventure, with the release SOUL FOOD.  Recorded in both New York and Memphis, SOUL FOOD will be available on May 5th and marks the supergroup’s Vanguard label debut.

The new 12 track album features guest vocalists Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster on two of the songs. Fans can pre-order the album here: http://vanguard.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=63114_68789
In 2001, keyboardist John Medeski, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and the three members of the North Mississippi Allstars: guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew, went into a recording studio and over the next three days birthed a new band called The Word. Based on deep-felt gospel music and a huge respect for musical improvisation, the quintet weren’t sure what the results would be, but had the faith they were creating something that would last. Their self-titled debut album became a burning word-of-mouth favorite, and their live shows from that period are still being talked about today.

Their second album, naturally entitled SOUL FOOD for the nourishment it provides to all their spirits, brings the music of the band all the way home.

The Word will be touring following the release of SOUL FOOD. Tour dates to be announced soon.

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