It’s always a dream come true when an artist is able to find some unique corner of the sonic realm and make it their own. That’s what Robert Randolph has accomplished in his years of playing, becoming the pedal steel guitarist today. His performance style is so dynamic and energetic that fans immediately connect and appreciate the work he’s doing.It seems guitar makers Peavey recognized Randolph’s extraordinary talent for playing slide guitar, as they introduced a new PowerSlide guitar called the Robert Randolph Signature PowerSlide. The guitar itself is a hybrid between traditional guitars and pedal steel, reminiscent of a dobro in style.“I’ve been wanting something with more versatility, mobility and comfort—something I could really get into while performing live,” says Randolph in a Guitar World piece about the new instrument. “With four different pickup sounds and more sustain than any other lap steel ever made, the Peavey PowerSlide gives me everything I want.”For more technical details about the new guitar, head to the Guitar World feature. Congrats to Robert Randolph on his new signature series!
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Eppler said the extra games have helped Adell make up for the time he missed at the beginning of the season after he was hurt during spring training. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Adell, 20, is expected to compete for a spot in the Angels’ everyday lineup sometime in 2020, but Eppler wouldn’t commit to how soon that could be.“There are a lot of elements that he can get better at, just like there are a lot of elements of the game a lot of young players can get better at,” Eppler said. “Time will tell. I would just watch to see how things unfold. He’s had limited at-bats at Triple-A and in those at-bats he performed at a level consistent with when he first got to Double-A.”Adell hit .238 with a .753 OPS when he first reached Double-A in 2018. When he returned in 2019, he hit .308 with a .944 OPS. In his first 27 games at Triple-A at the end of 2019, Adell hit .264 with a .676 OPS. Eppler said La Russa will be around the Angels’ major league club, in spring training and also helping with evaluating their minor leaguers.“He’s seen a lot, experienced a lot,” Eppler said. “My interactions with him have always been positive. I’m looking forward to using him as a resource.”WAITING FOR ADELLWhile most of the Angels enjoy a winter off, top prospect Jo Adell continues to be busy.Adell played in the Arizona Fall League, and now he’s playing for Team USA in Japan as they try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Adell hit an opposite-field home run to led the U.S. to a victory over Japan in its last game.Related Articles SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Years ago, Billy Eppler went out to dinner with Tony La Russa and they ended up having a four-hour conversation.Ever since then, Eppler has maintained a relationship with the Hall of Fame manager, culminating with Tuesday’s announcement that the Angels have hired La Russa as a special advisor to baseball operations.“From my chair, he’ll be a sounding board for anything and everything as it pertains to developing players, coaching players, just generally someone to bounce ideas off,” Eppler said during the second day of the GM Meetings.La Russa, 75, had lengthy stints managing the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals, including three World Series titles. Since he retired from managing in 2011, he has worked in the front offices of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error