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April 26, 1987 | DON SNOWDEN
"It's really funny now, because when you're really down and out, nothing comes to you," reflected Robert Cray. "But when things start going for you, everything's coming at you. "There's really not too much time you can spend by yourself, but I like playing music," he continued, sitting in his dressing room at the Pacific Amphitheatre before opening the show for Eric Clapton. "As long as I can get a break here and there, I'll be all right."
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December 7, 1990 | DON SNOWDEN
Robert Cray, blues savior, didn't show up at the Universal Amphitheatre on Wednesday. But young Bob Cray and his burnin' Memphis soul band sure did. Cray has made several personnel changes since his last L.A. appearance--the Memphis Horns and guitarist Tim Kaihatsu are now full-time members, along with newcomers Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Pugh--but nearly two hours of Bodyglove-tight arrangements and razor-sharp playing Wednesday dispelled any doubt about the wisdom of those moves.
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August 4, 2011
EVENTS Mammoth is usually known for its excellent skiing, but for the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza, it turns its focus to another frosty attraction. Over 50 microbrewers team up to pull taps in pristine environs, with accompanying blues concerts featuring Blues Traveler, Dumpstaphunk, Robert Cray and more. Mammoth Lakes Resort, Mammoth. Fri.-Sun. $30-$49. Mammothbluesbrewsfest.com.
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July 30, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
Singer-guitarist Robert Cray is a casualty of commercialism, and his blues-based set at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday was another example of his talent gone to waste. Those who recall him in his pre-glory days in the '70s--back when he was a vibrant, soulful, daring artist--must shudder at what he's become. At the Bowl, he was in his usual commercial mode, burying the blues under pop, R&B and rock trappings.
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January 16, 1988 | HOLLY GLEASON
Robert Cray knows how to make his guitar speak volumes about life's trials, as evidenced by the bleeding solo he laid down on the plaintive "She's Gone" from his "False Accusations" album during his sold-out show at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim on Thursday. Whether he's going for a series of staccato chords or an intricate solo, Cray can make his guitar whine, beg, moan and giggle, as his songs demand. And he does so with an ease that underscores his ability.
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December 5, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Cray doesn't want to be the savior of the blues. He doesn't even want to be a guitar hero. But he has been viewed as both ever since his 1986 major-label debut album, "Strong Persuader," put him and his relatively pure R&B in the Top 10, all over MTV and on the cover of Rolling Stone. "The blues are doing all right," Cray said from a Houston hotel, in the middle of a concert tour.
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October 5, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Such is the nature of the blues that when John Lee Hooker talks about helping a young and promising performer, he is talking about Robert Cray, who at age 42 has several Grammys to his name. The Godfather of Boogie and the "young" star will appear on the same bill at the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Although their styles differ--Cray favors an updated R & B-tinged sound--both carry the mantle of the blues and insist that this music takes a lifetime to hone.
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July 22, 1993 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Cray is one of the more visible American bluesmen under 1,000 years old. He's not from the Mississippi Delta or Chicago, but rather from everywhere, since his father was a career Army man. Cray, 39, will be sharing a bill Tuesday night with those legendary rockers Little Feat at the Santa Barbara County Bowl--the place that charges you an arm and a leg, your first born, and still makes you walk uphill until you're panting like the Fugitive. Sometimes ya gotta suffer for rock 'n' roll.
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August 7, 1988 | DON WALLER
***ROBERT CRAY. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Hightone. After several years of roadwork on the contemporary blues circuit (including a performance as the bassist for Otis Day & the Knights in "Animal House"), young Robert Cray found himself awash in mainstream success in the wake of 1987's super-successful "Strong Persuader" LP.
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July 28, 2000 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Cray, one of the most successful bluesmen still under a million years old, is back on the road in support of his 11th album, "Take Your Shoes Off." The Grammy-winning singer and guitarist, along with his veteran band, will be playing tonight at the Ventura Theatre. Opening is local blues singer Mitch Kashmar, longtime front man for that band named for a misspelled car, the Pontiax. No stranger to traveling, Cray, the son of a career soldier, has been on an endless road trip since 1974.
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May 19, 1998 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Intimacy is not the usual reward of an outdoor blues festival. Not with all those lawn chairs scattered in a crowd of portable restrooms and merchants shilling beer, barbecue and baubles. But intimacy is what fans got on Sunday at the Doheny Blues Festival, where the likes of Robert Cray and the Fabulous Thunderbirds performed with an intensity rarely heard outside a nightclub. That energy was most welcome in the hourlong set by Cray, who headlined the Dana Point weekend festival's closing day.
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January 22, 1998 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Cray is one of the more identifiable blues men who's less than a million years old and wasn't born in Mississippi or Texas. The fortysomething Cray, who is from Seattle, will stop by the Ventura Theatre on Tuesday night to play some tunes, including a few off his 10th and latest album, "Sweet Potato Pie." Another veteran blues guitarist, John Hammond, will open the festivities. Cray is just another one of those 20-years-on-the-road overnight sensations.
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October 9, 1995 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Blues fans and players often fret over the future of their music. But at the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall and Buckwheat Zydeco demonstrated that their corner of American roots music is alive and well. The Robert Cray Band headlined with an uncommonly tight set of sophisticated blues and soul, underlined with the complex leads of guitarist Cray.
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October 7, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Such is the nature of the blues that John Lee Hooker can talk about one of the "young ones" and be talking about Robert Cray, who at age 42 has several Grammys to his name. The godfather of boogie and the younger star will appear on the same bill tonight at Universal Amphitheatre and Sunday at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Although their styles differ--Cray favors an updated R&B-tinged sound--both carry the mantle of the blues and insist that this music takes a lifetime to hone.
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October 5, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Such is the nature of the blues that when John Lee Hooker talks about helping a young and promising performer, he is talking about Robert Cray, who at age 42 has several Grammys to his name. The Godfather of Boogie and the "young" star will appear on the same bill at the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday night. Although their styles differ--Cray favors an updated R & B-tinged sound--both carry the mantle of the blues and insist that this music takes a lifetime to hone.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 1995 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Such is the nature of the blues that John Lee Hooker can talk about one of the "young ones" and be talking about Robert Cray, who at age 42 has several Grammys to his name. The godfather of boogie and the younger star will appear on the same bill tonight at Universal Amphitheatre and Sunday at Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa. Although their styles differ--Cray favors an updated R&B-tinged sound--both carry the mantle of the blues and insist that this music takes a lifetime to hone.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2011
EVENTS Mammoth is usually known for its excellent skiing, but for the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza, it turns its focus to another frosty attraction. Over 50 microbrewers team up to pull taps in pristine environs, with accompanying blues concerts featuring Blues Traveler, Dumpstaphunk, Robert Cray and more. Mammoth Lakes Resort, Mammoth. Fri.-Sun. $30-$49. Mammothbluesbrewsfest.com.
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July 30, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
Singer-guitarist Robert Cray is a casualty of commercialism, and his blues-based set at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday was another example of his talent gone to waste. Those who recall him in his pre-glory days in the '70s--back when he was a vibrant, soulful, daring artist--must shudder at what he's become. At the Bowl, he was in his usual commercial mode, burying the blues under pop, R&B and rock trappings.
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