Robert Cray is smooth as silk

By: Tom Leyde Blues and R&B guitarist Robert Cray is on the road again. This time he’s promoting his latest album, “In My Soul,” his 17th. The five-time Grammy winner will perform with his band at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Monterey’s Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St.. In a telephone interview from Portland, Oregon, Cray, 61, […]

Robert Cray on marriage, Oregon roots and why he’ll never retire

By David Greenwald Photo Credit: Jeff Katz It’s been almost 30 years since Robert Cray’s 1986 album “Strong Persuader,” a release that sold millions and made the bluesman an unlikely MTV regular. But Cray has his mind on another birthday.  “We’ve been talking about 40 years of the existence of the band,” he said over the […]

Robert Cray, King of the Blues, Impresses (of Course) at B.B. King’s

By Chris Kornelis Better Than: …My Lord, where does one begin? It was down at the crossroads – in this case, 42nd and 8th – where Blues Hall of Famer and internationally acclaimed recording and touring artist Robert Cray brought his band to perform for an adoring crowd Friday night. Cray is one of those […]

Robert Cray brings the blues to the Bardavon

John W. Barry, Poughkeepsie Journal Musician Robert Cray called the blues the, “Fact checker. That’s what the music is…What’s really going on? How are you and your life doing?” Like Eric Clapton or Carlos Santana, musician Robert Cray has fashioned for himself over decades a signature sound on the electric guitar. Cray, who is also […]

Robert Cray in Beverly Hills

by Larson Sutton Do they get the blues in Beverly Hills?What may be hard for the rest of the world to imagine, in a town typecast for Rodeo Drive opulence, sprawling gated estates, and lunching power-brokers negotiating deals of global motion picture domination, was indeed happening on Wilshire Boulevard.Fortunately, there, too was the cure, in […]

Review: The Robert Cray Band at the Lobero Theatre

Blues Plus Soul Equaled Bliss on Monday, December 8 by CHARLES DONELAN It’s coming up on three decades since Robert Cray broke through the invisible wall separating heartfelt, soulful blues from mainstream success with his Grammy-winning 1986 album Strong Persuader. Although not much has changed in Cray’s approach, that is unquestionably a good thing. His sold-out […]

Concert Review: Robert Cray — On from the downbeat

By David Blankenship   You could almost hear it as the band just looked at each other the second the lights hit them. Everyone absolutely was with the band on beat one. Within a few seconds it was clear that this night would be special. Bands, even great ones, usually need part of the first […]

Robert Cray performs his new love letter to classic soul and R&B

By Darrell Smith The album cover is the first clue – a black-and-white photo of a suit-and-tie-clad Robert Cray in profile, hands on his trusty Fender Stratocaster, the 1960s-era stereo logo in the corner with its reassurance that the recording you’re holding “can also be played on mono equipment.” What’s inside tells you the […]


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: 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 […]

Robert Cray finds new soul with recent CD, Mavis Staples on tour

By PATRICK DUNN SPECIAL TO THE DETROIT NEWS Guitarist and singer Robert Cray is known primarily as a blues musician, but this year, he and his band made a Memphis soul album. “We must have all eaten the same cereal or something, because we came in with all this soul music,” says Cray, who will […]

John Hiatt and Robert Cray to co-headline concert at Peace Center

wo of the most highly respected roots musicians of the last three decades are coming to the Upstate. John Hiatt Enlarge | John Hiatt John Hiatt and Robert Cray will perform July 24 at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville. Legendary singer-songwriter John Hiatt and blues guitarist Robert Cray will co-headline a […]