In August, Robert Cray will release his eagerly anticipated live CD/DVD package via Mascot Label Group.
With five Grammy awards under his belt, fifteen studio albums, and a career spanning four decades, Robert Cray is one of the great singer-guitarist-songwriters of our time. Celebrating his 40th year in the business, Cray is set to release 4 Nights of 40 Years on August 28.
As anyone who has experienced Cray live will know, to see him perform is a treat, and this package captures the essence of that experience perfectly. The CD was recorded recently at four venues across the LA area.
Robert Cray has a phenomenal vocal range whether he is hitting the high notes of “Poor Johnny” or delivering beautiful ballads like “Time Takes Two.” He has a superb appreciation of space, great tone and conveys a good deal of emotion in both his singing and his playing. Cray sings about real life subjects to which everyone can relate.
Robert’s seasoned band of musicians provide the perfect foil for his passionate playing. They lay down a soulful groove, particularly on “The Road Down,” “Forecast Calls For Pain,” or “Wrap It Up,” whereby Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds joins the band.
Playing alongside Robert Cray on the album is longtime keyboardist Dover Weinberg, bassist Richard Cousins, and drummer Les Falconer. Joining them is the talented trio of tenor saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, trumpeter Steve Madaio, and saxophonist Tom Scott.
As you would want and expect, the live CD is packed full of Cray’s wonderful guitar solos. During the solo in “Right Next Door,” Robert brings the volume right down to the point where you could hear a pin drop. It allows you to sit back and enjoy the beautiful tone of his guitar.
A comprehensive docu-concert DVD accompanies the CD set, which features footage from the recent LA shows interspersed with interviews of Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and the great man himself. The DVD also takes a retrospective look at Cray’s career with some excellent archive footage from the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival and his 1987 appearance on Dutch TV Show “Countdown.” There is some overlap between the tracks of the live CD and the DVD.
The package includes everything that any Robert Cray fan would want from a live album, with tracks spanning Cray’s extensive back catalog of over 20 releases. It’s difficult to pick out stand out tracks, as there are so many. The release is a must for any Robert Cray fan or music lover alike.
Robert Cray will be touring the UK extensively throughout October.
Robert Cray UK Dates
Sat 3 October â€“ Lowry, Salford
Mon 5 October â€“ Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tues 6 October â€“ St Davidâ€™s Hall, Cardiff
Weds 7 October â€“ Truro Hall, Truro
Fri 9 October â€“ The Anvil, Basingstoke
Sat 10 October â€“ Theatre Royal, Norwich
Mon 12 October â€“ Barbican, London
Tues 13 October â€“ Sage, Gateshead
Weds 14 October â€“ Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Fri 16 October â€“ Town Hall, Birmingham
Sat 17 October â€“ City Hall, Salisbury
Sun 18 October â€“ Orchard, Dartford
Mon 19 October â€“ Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
Weds 21 October â€“ Town Hall, Cheltenham
Thurs 22 October â€“ Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Fri 23 October â€“ Alban Arena, St Albans