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, […]

Grammy-Winning Bluesmen Robert Cray Band Return to The Orleans Showroom February 28-March 1

January 16, 2015 by  Renowned rhythm and blues musician Robert Cray and his band will perform at The Orleans Showroom February 28 and March 1.   Originally formed in 1974, the Northwest-based Robert Cray Band played gigs in Portland and Eugene, Ore.,  before branching out to Seattle and the San Francisco area. Early on, the […]

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 […]

Robert Cray on Being a Blues Legend: “At the End of the Day, You Have to Play Tomorrow”

Prior to 1986, Robert Cray was just another talented blues guitarist wondering where his next gig was going to be. But after the Strong Persuader album and the hit single “Smoking Gun,” Cray became a viable commercial proposition across several genres. Cray has parlayed that success into a four- decade-long career that has earned him […]

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 […]