The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Robert Randolph led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, N. J. — quite often by Robert and members of his own family who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel — Randolph didn’t know it existed. It wasn’t until he was out of his teens that Randolph broke away and discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, soon forging his own sound by fusing elements of those genres. Robert Randolph and the Family Band has produced four studio albums and a live set since 2002, and Randolph was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone. Randolph is an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique.