Born in Columbus, Ga., in 1953, Robert Cray got his start in music playing in a band in high school called The One-Way Street. Later, he moved with his family to Tacoma, Wash., and by the time he finished high school, he had attended concerts by blues greats of the time like Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Albert Collins, cementing his desire to start his own band. After playing with a group of musicians around West Coast college towns, he moved to Eugene, Oreg., in the '70s where he met Curtis Salgado and started the Robert Cray Band, which continues to tour around the world.
The Bassist in Otis Day's Band
Robert Cray's repertoire even exceeds that of his namesake band. Cray is the uncredited musician who played the bass in Otis Day and the Knights, the house party band in the movie National Lampoon's Animal House. He was asked by Keith Richards to be in Chuck Berry's backing band in the movie Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll. Cray has opened for legendary acts like Eric Clapton and recorded tracks for other legends like John Lee Hooker. Cray has also played with Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Vaughan. Fender named two guitars after Cray: the Robert Cray Custom Shop Stratocaster and the Robert Cray Standard Stratocaster. In 2011, the Blues Hall of Fame added Robert Cray as a new inductee, and in 2017, he was awarded the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.
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Who are the members of Robert Cray Band?
Joining Robert Cray on guitar and vocals are Tim Kaihatsu on guitar; Dover Weinberg, Peter Boe, Jimmy Pugh and David Stewart on keyboards; Richard Cousins and Karl Sevareid on bass; Rocky Manzanares and Curtis Salgado on harp; and Kevin Hayes, Tom Murphy, David Olson and Terence F. Clark on drums. The horn section of Robert Cray Band includes Al Chez, Wayne Jackson and Mark Pender on trumpet; Andrew Love, Ed Manion and Mike Vannice on saxophone; and Warren Rand on alto saxophone. Not all players are present at all shows, but all positions are generally filled by this selection of players.
What can I expect from Robert Cray Band?
Robert Cray Band plays mostly straightforward blues and blues rock. Live, Cray himself generally plays guitar while he sings. The guitar he plays is almost always a Fender and generally a Stratocaster or Telecaster.
How many Grammy Awards has Robert Cray Band won?
Robert Cray has received 12 Grammy nominations in his lifetime and won three Grammy Awards. He won Best Contemporary Blues Recording in 1987 for Strong Persuader and again in 1988 for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. He also won Best Contemporary Blues Album in 1999 for Take Your Shoes Off.
What songs might I hear in a Robert Cray Band setlist?
In any Robert Cray Band setlist, you're bound to hear many of his singles like "Smoking Gun," "I Guess I Showed Her," "Right Next Door (Because of Me)," "Nothin' But a Woman," "Night Patrol," "Acting This Way," "Consequences," "The Forecast (Calls for Pain)," "Just a Loser," "1040 Blues," "Baby Lee" and "You Move Me."
Where can I see a Robert Cray Band show?
You catch a Robert Cray Band performance at venues around the US, like Avalon Theatre in Easton, Md., Carolina Theatre of Durham in Durham, NC, the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Ill., and Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City, Okla. Robert Cray Band also performs often at Eric Clapton's annual Crossroads Guitar Festival. You can see Robert Cray Band perform in Brazil at venues and events like Palacio Das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Vivo Rio in Rio de Janeiro and Festival BB Seguros de Blues e Jazz in Brasilia.Back to Top
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