14 years ago, slide guitar impresario Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski, and the North Mississippi All-Stars joined forces to release a great record as The Word. Now, Rolling Stone is reporting that The Word are coming back for another go-round. The supergroup are planning to release a new album, Soul Food, on May 5th through Vanguard Records.
After releasing their debut in 2001, things got busy for the members of The Word, so getting back together to work on a new record took some coordination. The band were finally able to get into the studio together in 2014 in New York before relocating to Royal Studio in Memphis. “The recording locations of New York City and Memphis represent who The Word is,” North Mississippi All-Star guitarist Luther Dickinson said in a statement. “The spirit of each city, different though they might be each sets us free. And fourteen years after our first album, it is so thrilling to hear what our collective power for improvisation has become. We’re ready to go anywhere the inspiration takes us.” Vocalists Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster will appear on two tracks on the album.
Fans can pre-order Soul Food on the Vanguard Records website. Watch a video preview of The Word’s new album below: