Randall Bramblett wants to loosen up and have a little fun. And it shows.
His latest album, “Juke Joint at the Edge of the World,” is a nod to the places where unscripted music takes center stage — where folks gather to dance, forget their troubles and reminisce. Luckily, fans can join in this quest Aug. 4 at the Tybee Post Theater for a night of music with the Randall Bramblett Band.
“Our latest collaboration represents a place where music just happens,” Bramblett said. “It allows us to stretch out; to play around.”
“Juke Joint” is Bramblett’s 11th album and a sidestep from his usual anchored arrangements. It reflects the freedom that he and his bandmates found playing together for more than a decade. It’s more improvised, but carries the usual narrative that put Bramblett in the spotlight to begin with.
The instrumentalist is well known in Southern rock. He’s played on stage with legends like Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood and Widespread Panic. He penned the title track for Blind Boys of Alabama’s new Grammy Award-winning album, adding to his catalog of songwriting hits covered by Raitt, Gregg Allman and so many more.
As a frontman, Bramblett brings the funk to audiences nationwide. He’s been in the business so long that he could easily go through the motions and still put on a great show. But this seasoned musician said he’s no longer just playing songs.
“There was no room to stretch on much of my earlier stuff,” he said. “I wanted it to be perfectly arranged and play it just like that. Now, we reach out and feel our way through the songs. It’s opened up new worlds when I’m playing live. And I’m having a lot of fun doing it."
Bramblett’s energy on stage is contagious. He’s enjoying himself, which makes everyone watching, and hopefully dancing, enjoy it more, too.