Robert Cray plays Friday in Cranston

Robert Cray will demonstrate his eclectic vocal and musical skills at the historic Park Theatre.

BILL VAN SICLEN
Journal Arts Writer
bvansicl@providencejournal.com
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The hits just keep on coming at Cranston’s Park Theatre. A week after Dr. John rocked the house on Valentine’s Day, the Park is hosting another Grammy winner with a knack for blurring (and occasionally busting) musical boundaries.
In fact, if you still think of Robert Cray as a blues guitarist who sometimes dabbles in other genres, it’s clear you haven’t been paying attention. Though he can still trade licks with best of today’s bluesmen (and women), Cray has never been a “straight” blues performer in the B.B. King/Albert King mold.
Partly, that’s due to his musical upbringing, which included plenty of pop and rock along with traditional blues, soul and R&B. (In interviews, Cray often cites The Beatles as an early influence.) It also reflects Cray’s growing range and confidence as a singer — a talent that has earned him comparisons with the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.
With a new album due out in a few weeks — and with the veteran rhythm section of Jim Pugh on keyboards, Richard Cousins on bass and Tony Braunagel on drums backing him up — expect Cray to be at his best on Friday night.
The music starts at 8 p.m. For more, call (401) 467-7275 or visit parktheatreri.com.

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