This rock blues icon is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.”
Rolling Stone Magazine crediting him as reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing” that “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues”.
In his fifteen Billboard charting studio album long career, Robert Cray has played with the greats including long-time friend Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker to name but a few.
“Every time somebody asks me about where my music comes from, I give them .... a little rock, soul, jazz, blues, a little gospel feel. It’s pretty wide open. It’s hard to put a tag on it”
This effortless genre crossover is filtered through some of his most definitive songs like ‘Smoking Gun’, ‘I Guess I Showed Her’, ‘Phone Booth’ and ‘I Was Warned’. From his impressive catalogue it’s easy to see why he has 5 Grammy Awards (and 15 nominations) safely tucked into his guitar case, millions of record sales worldwide, is a Blues Hall of Fame inductee (one of the youngest to receive the prestigious honour), and why Fender guitars have made not one, but two signature Robert Cray Stratocaster guitars.
His career has spanned 35 years and he’s still creating and touring. Earlier this year he released his sixteenth album, Nothing But Love which is a true blend of blues, rock, soul and jazz with a lyric-sheet that examines the triumphs, fallouts and follies of life and love.
It’s been seven long years since Robert Cray has toured Australia, but he and his long-serving band still shred the Blues, like ever before and we couldn’t be more excited about the ‘Strong Persuader’ returning for Bluesfest in 2013.