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Payin' Dues: The Word

After a 14-year hiatus, the blues quintet returns with a new album for Vanguard.

The Word, a supergroup with a line-up comprising keyboardist John Medeski, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew, issued their eponymous debut in 2001. Now they’re back with its follow-up, Soul Food. Recorded in just six days, double the time spent on their first, guests include Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster. “Every time we started playing we kept coming up with more music,” says Robert Randolph.

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