Monday, July 11, 2011

Blues Hall of Famer Robert Cray headed to Clayton

Just months after he became the youngest member inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, five-time Grammy winning guitar legend Robert Cray stops at The Clayton Center for an evening of unforgettable, soulful blues. The Robert Cray Band will perform on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this event go on sale Monday, July 11 at 10am.

It would be hard to overstate Robert Cray’s impact on rock, rhythm and blues. Considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Cray has been inviting audiences along on his epic musical journey—breaking through the pop ceiling with trademark sound and distinctive playing style.

Never content with interpreting his music the same way twice, Cray's daring innovations have placed him at the pinnacle of the blues recording industry. His 2009 album, This Time, brought him his 14th Grammy nomination and much critical acclaim from music critics worldwide. His latest release, Cookin’ In Mobile (Vanguard), is a live CD and his first-ever live DVD release. He has his own line of Fender Signature guitars and has performed alongside blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Cray has toured extensively with both Collins and Clapton while also having worked with legends Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, friend and fellow guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Dixon, to name a few.

The Robert Cray Band concert is a special presentation of The Clayton Center and will kick off the Center’s 2011-2012 performing arts season. Tickets are $35.50. Tickets are available by phone at 919-553-1737, online at or through The Clayton Center box office, located at 111 E. Second St. in historic downtown Clayton.

The full 2011-2012 season line-up will be announced August 2.

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