The Robert Cray Band
- August 22, 2017
- Buskirk-Chumley Theater
- 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
- (812) 323-3020
- 8:00 PM
Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. 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. With the group's 1980 debut release, Who's Been Talkin', word about the band began to spread. Blues and soul fans showed up religiously for shows at packed bars and roadhouses, but those steamy raucous sets also drew crowds whose tastes in music ranged from rock to funk and jazz.
Their sound eventually gained attention from artists in the rock arena. Eric Clapton's initial response to Robert Cray was, "As a blues fan, we're saved." The Cray Band brought the sounds of its mentors into the mainstream, taking the music of John Lee Hooker, Etta James and Albert Collins to a larger, younger audience.
Following the path of fame taken by blues-based rockers like Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cray became a sensation, leading his band in concerts at large arena and rock festival. He was the first African American artist since Jimi Hendrix to rise to such fame in rock music.