Open ears and an open mind are the essence of singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray’s approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.
There are five Grammys with Cray’s name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.
“Bringing blues music to the Top 40 isn’t easy: Only a handful of musicians have done it in the 30 years Robert Cray has spent winning awards, selling millions of records and otherwise kicking around on the national stage. But Cray has, crossing over from blues-club stages to arenas with the double-platinum 1986 album Strong Persuader and its single “Smoking Gun,” and has continued to stick around as one of the most reliably gifted and accessible guitarists around.” – NPR Music