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Robert Cray Band
May 08, 2012
groundbreaking rock, rhythm & blues guitarist
Tuesday, May 8
As a five-time Grammy award winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray’s impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation” (Music Critic, Steve Matteo) and since his 1980 album debut Who’s Been Talkin, Cray has been inviting audiences along on his epic musical journey – breaking through the pop ceiling with his gate crashing/blues-edged trademark sound, distinct playing style and daring innovations.
“Robert Cray is not only making great music,” says Guitar Player Magazine, “he's making history. With a few exceptions... it used to be that there was the blues and there were the masses and never the twain shall meet. But Cray, who obviously is respected in blues circles, is a press darling and crossover smash."
He has performed alongside blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and B.B. King- touring extensively with both Collins and Clapton and has his own line of Fender Signature Guitars. Cray has also worked with legends Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, friend and fellow guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Dixon, to name a few and his songs have been covered by many including, BB King, Clapton, and Tony Bennett. Featured in Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series, Cray ahs also appeared in Tina Turner's TV special Break Every Rule, the Chuck Berry tribute Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, and the Rolling Stones' pay-per-view video Voodoo Lounge. Along with his Grammy wins, Robert Cray has released twenty award winning multi-platinum albums, received 15 Grammy nominations, and with the Robert Cray Band has performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide. He has performed on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman to name a few and graced the cover of various magazines including a recent ten page story in Living Blues Magazine.