Robert Cray

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7 Responses to Robert Cray

  1. Bad_Brad says:

    An awesome talent. Good whisky sippen music.

  2. Scott Doe says:

    He’s just amazing ! My ex used to hate him, she said he only sang about cheating but i assured her that he did have a couple songs about shooting his woman lol

  3. Georgiaboy61 says:

    During the 1980s, High Tone Records of San Francisco was the original home and launch-pad of two tremendous blues talents – Robert Cray and Joe Louis Walker. Cray did the impossible and managed to chart several singles and an album or two in the top 40, a very rare achievement even for the greatest of blues artists. He managed to parlay that early meteoric success into something lasting and is still performing today. The new kid on the blues block is now the seasoned veteran and wise elder.

    Unlike Cray, Joe Louis Walker did not attain widespread cultural recognition or commercial music sales success, but Walker is just as honored – he has won multiple WC Handy Awards for excellence in the blues – as Cray, and just as well-respected by other musicians. Walker is one of the most-versatile talents around;he sings, produces, writes songs, plays slide and acoustic guitar as well as a fiery electric guitar, and also has one of the most-blues-soaked voices around.

    Cray and Walker both started with Bruce Bromberg at Hightone, each waxing a series of acclaimed recordings before leaving the label for other surroundings. Maybe it is just me, but neither artist has quite reclaimed the sound he had during that winning period of years.

    Cray’s recordings are well-known. Walker’s best are “Cold is the Night” and its follow-up, “The Gift,” as well as two live albums done around that time featuring many of the same musicians.

    Both performers are stellar – do yourself a favor and listen to both of them. Can’t go wrong!

  4. OzarkDarter says:

    He still tours and is INCREDIBLE!

  5. Crustyrusty says:

    Damn, loves me some Cray

    • Georgiaboy61 says:

      Re: “Damn, loves me some Cray”

      I don’t think I’ll ever forget “discovering” Robert Cray and then Joe Louis Walker one after another over a period of months during the mid-1980s. As an aspiring blues and jazz musician myself at the time, and a fellow guitar-slinger – both guys just impressed the heck out of me. I wasn’t alone.

      Eric Clapton at the time couldn’t stop enthusing about Cray, and he guested on a liver version of “Phone Booth.” Walker, well, he just blew me away with his fire and musicianship. I learned a lot of hot guitar riffs from both men. Cray’s Grammy-winning turn with Albert Collins and Copeland was fabulous.

      I was fortunate-enough to see & hear both performers live on several occasions. Cray twice, including at a packed house at the Chicago Theater with his band, and Walker both in the clubs and at an overflow Blues Fest crowd.

      For me, at their best both guys are desert island picks. For Cray, the albums “Bad Influence,” “False Accusations” and “Strong Persuader.” As a bonus, “Showdown!” with idols Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Midnight Stroll” were also quite good.

      For Walker, the albums “Cold is the Night,” “The Gift” and “Blue Soul,” also the live recordings done at Slim’s “Volume 1” and “Volume 2.”

      Both performers consistently deliver the goods live and in person.

      Cray and Walker always hire top-notch musicians for their bands, but in the case of Cray, his band had that extra bit of funk with Richard Cousins on bass. Walker’s band, the Boss Talkers, sounded best in its mid-1980s incarnation.

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