Blues Hall of Famer Robert Cray

Robert Cray photo James-L. BassFive Grammy Awards, fifteen nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.” Rolling Stone Magazine in their April 2011 issue credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing” that “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues” with the release of his Strong Persuader album in 1986.

Since then, Cray has gone on to record fifteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor. And while he can look back over an astonishing three-decade career punctuated by his trademark sound and distinct playing style, Robert Cray is too busy moving forward on an amazing journey that continues to reap high accolades.

Robert Cray will return to Oregon, where it all began, for a night at Portland’s Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue, on Thursday, August 2. Show time is 8:00 pm and open to all ages. Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased in advance at