As reported in his interview in the current issue of The Blues, Robert Cray is planning to release his third live album, he’s revealed.

It follows last year’s studio outing, In My Soul, while his previous two non-studio titles were 2006’s Live From Across The Pond and 2010’s Authorized Bootleg, recorded in 1987.

Cray tells the Courant: “I’ve always loved playing live – it’s just a nice way to show off the band. You’re baring your soul. You have no place to hide. We’re a different band in front of a crowd.”

The upcoming album will be a selection from four shows he recently played with bassist Richard Cousins, keyboardist Dover Weinberg and drummer Les Falconer.

Cray says: “There’s no point in replicating what you did in the studio. I learned that a long time ago. The challenge is to nail it without playing the same solo or going with a different tempo.”

He’s currently touring the US before returning to Europe and the UK:
Jun 12: Anaheim House of Blues, CA
Jun 13: Ironstone Murphys, CA
Jun 14: San Diego County Fair, CA
Jun 24: The Hague Paard van Troje, Netherlands
Jun 25: Henglo Metropool, Netherlands
Jun 27: Lakeside Festival, Finland
Jun 29: Rubigen Mühle Hunziken, Switzerland
Jun 30: Strasbourg La Laiterie, France
Jul 01: Clermont-Ferrand La Cooperative de Mai, France
Jul 03: Gaildorf Bluesfest, Germany
Jul 06: Blues In Villa Festival, Italy
Jul 09: Milan Blue Note Milano, Italy
Jul 11: Differdange Blues Explress, Luxembourg
Jul 30: California Mid-State Fair, CA
Jul 31: Agoura Hills Canyon, CA
Aug 01: Stateline Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, NV
Aug 02: Mammoth Lake Festival Of Beers, CA
Aug 04: Roseburg Music On The Half Shelf, OR
Aug 08: Lebanon Cheadle Lake Park, OR
Aug 09: Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom, WA
Aug 11: Boise Egyptian Theatre, ID
Aug 13: Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, CO
Aug 15: Boulder Chautauqua Auditorium, CO
Aug 16: Deadwood Mountain Hall & Casino, SD
Aug 18: Apple Valley Weesner Family Ampitheater, MN
Sep 18: Flint Whiting, MI
Sep 19: Glenellyn McAninch Arts Center, IL
Sep 26: Columbia Roots’n’Blues’n’BBQ festival, MO
Oct 03: Manchester Lowry
Oct 05: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Oct 06: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Oct 07: Truro Hall For Cornwall
Oct 09: Basingstoke Anvil
Oct 10: Norwich Theatre Royal
Oct 12: London Barbican Hall
Oct 13: Gateshead Sage
Oct 14: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Oct 16: Birmingham Town Hall
Oct 17: Salisbury City Hall
Oct 19: Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
Oct 21: Cheltenham Town Hall
Oct 22: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Oct 23: St Albans Alban Arena

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