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Robert Cray - Five time Grammy award winner Robert Cray is considered to be one of the most expressive vocalists and impressive guitarists on the contemporary rhythm and Blues scene drawing from R&B, rock, pop, and jazz with equal insight and authority. This Grammy award winning blues artist is one of a few precious talents with the vision to successfully usher blues into the next century.
Just as importantly, his immensely popular records have helped jump-start the contemporary blues boom that still is in full motion today. Originally formed in 1974, the northwest-based Robert Cray Band cut its teeth playing gigs in Portland and Eugene, Oregon before branching out to perform in Seattle and the Bay Area. Early on, the band toured with the guitar great Albert Collins and by 1983 they were sharing the stage at Carnegie Hall with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon. Recognized for his masterful work as a guitarist and multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer, Cray’s musical resume reads like a who’s who in contemporary music. He’s played with a cross section of greats from a multitude of genres, including Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Tina Turner among others, and mentors like John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. These unique collaborations cement Cray’s unique status as an artist who bridges the gap between R&B, Blues and rock.