ROBERT CRAY BAND CELEBRATING 40 YEARS!

5x Grammy award winner on US TOUR NOW
in support of NEW album IN MY SOUL
Cray recently appeared on PBS’ Tavis Smiley to talk about his journey: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365279424/

Robert Cray is celebrating forty years since the formation of the Robert Cray Band- a musical journey he began with longtime bassist and childhood friend Richard Cousins and current keyboardist Dover Weinberg. He continues his worldwide tour gracing the stage at festivals and theatres across the US in support of his new album IN MY SOUL (Provogue/Mascot). A majority of shows include co-bills with singer-songwriter John Hiatt.

IN MY SOUL debuted #1 on the blues album charts including Billboard and iTunes; and after a run of sold out performances across Europe, The Robert Cray Band kicked off their US run on June 20 at the University of Utah’s Outdoor Concert Series in Salt Lake City. The tour runs throughout the summer hitting cities that include Cincinnati, Portland, Newport, New York City, Charleston, Sacramento, Chicago, and Seattle to name a few.

Produced by longtime Cray friend Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards), IN MY SOUL is the seventeenth studio album from the legendary axman, and has garnered universal acclaim as a more soulful expression from the 5x Grammy winning artist/ 15x Grammy nominee.

Recently featured on NPR’s World Café http://www.npr.org/blogs/world-cafe/2014/04/16/303737789/robert-cray-band-on-world-cafe and NPR’s Mountain Stage http://www.npr.org/event/music/316456266/robert-cray-on-mountain-stage Cray is widely recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of our time, The New Yorker called him “one of the most reliable pleasures of soul and blues for over three decades now “ and Rolling Stone Magazine credits him with having “reinvented the blues with his distinct razor sharp guitar playing.”

“What an incredible singer Cray is. He’s well-known —justifiably—for his six-string prowess and ability to plow through straight-ahead blues,” says critic Bill DeYoung, “but this one comes from somewhere deeper inside of him—it’s got blood, sweat, tears and, yes indeed, lots of soul.” Wall Street Journal adds, “(In My Soul) is a tasteful, laid-back album” while UK Daily Mirror shouts “Impressive!” and gives it 4 stars.

Reuters says the album “is imbued with mellifluous rhythm and blues redolent of the kind of tunes that came from the Chess and Stax record labels in the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s,” Yahoo Music! raves, “Cray is never less than good” and USA Today puts the album track “Fine Yesterday” in its Top 10 Playlist.

The youngest living member to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Robert Cray has sold over 12 million records, has his own line of Fender guitars http://www.fender.com/search-results/?q=robert+cray and has established himself as a genre defining artist- a signature blend of r&b, pop, rock, soul and traditional blues.

In conjunction with the tour, Starbucks will be featuring in store play of select songs from the new album, including “What Would You Say”, “You’re Good Thing Is About To End” and “Pillow” in all of its 7900 stores across the US and Canada.

The Robert Cray Band includes Cray (vocals/guitar), longtime bassist Richard Cousins, Dover Weinberg (back with the band on piano/keyboard) and Les Falconer (drums).

For Full List of Tour Dates visit: http://robertcray.com/tour/