State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene


Today, we feature The Word. Gospel/Blues/Rock supergroup The Word features John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & the Family Band), Chris Chew, and brothers Luther & Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). The idea for the supergroup originated nearly a decade and a half ago when the North Mississippi Allstars went on tour with Medeski Martin & Wood. In 2000, The Word became a reality when Medeski and NMA were joined in the studio by pedal-steel guitar phenomenon Robert Randolph, and the quintet recorded their self-titled debut. The album was highly acclaimed for its fusion of gospel, blues and rock and was widely considered one of the best releases of 2001. The Word toured briefly behind the release before resuming their respective careers. The band reunited in the summer of 2005 at Bonnaroo and again in 2009 for a string of dates. With multiple Grammy nominations amongst them and a legion of fans across the country, The Word are reuniting again in 2012 for a few select shows and have plans to release the highly anticipated follow up to their debut album.
(Bonnaroo’s website description of the band)


Members: John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars

Genre: Gospel/Blues/Rock

Latest album: The Word Album

Just some really good jazzy music that i absolutely cannot wait to rock out to.