The Robert Cray Band Plus Opening Act Blind Boy Paxton
Saturday, October 7, 7 p.m.
Santander Performing Arts Center
Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. The Blues Hall of Famer brought blues back to the charts in the 1980s via songs that defined blues themes but added modern and personal twists. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017/Jay-Vee Records), the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy-winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm. Jordan and Cray met in 1987 while working on the concert film Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, a tribute to Chuck Berry. Jordan produced Cray’s Grammy-winning Take Your Shoes Offin 1999.The Cray Band’s beginnings brought the sounds of its mentors into the mainstream, taking the music of John Lee Hooker, Etta James and Albert Collins to a larger, youngernaudience. During the 1990s the Cray Band was featured in concert with artists like Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt, Jereron “Blind Boy” Paxton is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist whose style draws from blues and jazz before World War II. Playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin among other implements, Blind Boy fully assimilates the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson. Paxton performed to a sold-out audience for the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall in 2016 along with the likes of Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon and Tom Paley.
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