Robert Cray is pure magic!

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  1. davebc

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    I caught him again last night at the EGG in Albany where he usually shows up a couple of times a year. I'm always there.

    For me Robert Cray is pure magic!

    Vocally he's Sam Cook and Otis Redding come back to life, and more! Scarey is what it is, one of the greatest and most underrated soul singers on the planet!

    And, Robert really digs in doesn't he?!!
    His touch, feel, and tone are all his own. He was milks that fretboard for every drop of soul, funk, and blues he can squeeze out. Next to Cornell Duprey, I'd have to say he's one of the best R&B Rhythm guitars I've ever heard.

    Incredible songwriting, his songs are stories, movies.
    He opened with one of my all time favs."Back Door Slam", what an evil tune!
    There wasn't a dry eye in the house for "Soldier" The tempo was just a hair slower than usual which made it even more emotionally poweful.
    "The One in the Middle" was classic R&B and perfect. He covered a lot of ground, "Bad Influence", "Walkin", and Robert also played a lot of straight blues as in, "Sitting On Top Of The World" like I've never heard it, incredible!

    His rig was the same as always, two Matchless Clubman's running into
    2 (4-10) cabs with the Seafoam Green Vibro-King in the middle.
    Two Strats, the Shoreline Gold and the sunburst.

    I hope everyone has the chance to check him out as he tours.
    I added Robert Cray to my list of "Things That Make Life Worth Living"
    a long time ago. This kind of true genius is rare.
     
  2. Magic Twanger

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    I'm with you.
    I've been a huge fan of Robert Cray's for many years.

    I've only caught him live once - but his voice and guitar tones were great.
    I really enjoyed the fact that he opens up a number of tunes and just tears it up.

    Fabulous tone and great songs.
     
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    One of the all time great blues singers.
     
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    For all the obvious reasons I always felt Cray was the true heir apparant when the blues baton gets handed off.
     
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    I saw him last night in Lowell Mass. Great show. The biggest impression on me was his vocals. In - freeking - credible!
     
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    Total package, he is. Singer-song writer, could be your sideman, if needed. He's got his own thing for sure. He makes you feel the music.
     
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    I literally felt like Sam Cook, Otis Redding, and Al Green were all on stage.
    Cray's vocals are easily on par. I haven't felt that from any singer since seeing
    Ray Charles, or B.B.

    The fact that he's such an incredible player is just froasting on the cake.
    If he couldn't play a note of guitar I'd go just to hear him sing;
    Again, imho. the greatest living soul singer on the planet today. We're blessed to be able to experience him. The fact that these venues are fairly small make it all the more incredible and intimate.
     
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    In my opinion, Robert Cray is one of the most under rated guitarists in the world today.

    I've been hearing him since he was on the West Coast Blues circuit in the late '70's - back then he mostly played an ES-345. He's obviously a wonderful songwriter, and a truly great singer too, but don't underestimate his ability on the guitar - he's a major league player in his element.

    What a great talent, Dana O.
     
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