Location: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 N Central Ave
Tracy, CA 95376
Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PMTickets
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DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 AT 8:00PM
Ticket Price(s): $35-$55
With five Grammy wins, a Blues Hall of Fame induction, recipient of the Americana Lifetime achievement award, countless tours and over 20 acclaimed albums, Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades. Growing up in the Northwest, Robert Cray listened to the gospel of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Bobby Bland’s soul, Jimi Hendrix’s rock guitar and the Beatles pop sounds. He would bring all of the influences into play throughout his career, but his teenage band was captivated by Southern soul and the blues.
“In the early days of the band we were getting back into O.V. Wright and paying attention to my favorite blues players; Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Albert King and especially Albert Collins,” Cray says. The Texas-born blues guitarist known as Master of the Telecaster, Albert Collins sealed the deal on the Cray Band’s early direction. The musical highlight of Cray’s senior year was his class voting to bring Collins in to play a graduation party. The glow of a career in music began when Cray was a teen, and in 1974 it burst into flames as the Robert Cray Band came together in Eugene, Oregon.
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