Robert Cray

With five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums, Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades. Cray formed the Robert Cray Band in the late 1970s and collaborated with Curtis Salgado in the Cray-Hawks. In 1985, he released the album Showdown! with his hero Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland and in 1986, his album, Strong Persuader received a Grammy Award. He was invited by Keith Richards to join the backing band for Chuck Berry in the 1987 film, Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll. Cray was an opening act for such major stars as Eric Clapton and sold out large venues as a solo artist. In 1987, Tina Turner invited Cray to be part of her television special during her record breaking Break Every Rule world tour, exposing Cray to an international audience. Cray had the opportunity to play alongside John Lee Hooker on a few of his albums including Boom Boom, The Healer and Mr. Lucky. In 1990, Cray played with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, performing “Sweet Home Chicago”. In 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame and received the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance in 2017.