ROBERT CRAY BAND • MARCH 3 • THE LENSIC

The guitarist who brought blues back to the charts in the '80s via songs that defined blues themes but added modern and personal twists, returns to the Lensic with his NEW band in support of his new album "In My Soul".


AN EVENING WITH...
The Lensic
March 3, 7:30




Steve Jordan returned to his role as producer for the first since 1999's "Take Your Shoes Off".  Jordan helped facilitate the band's move towards a Memphis soul soiund, dedicating the entire record to slow, sultry burners that emphasize his mellow vocals and dexterous grooves. This may primarily be a mood record but the individual songs are also quite strong, whether it's the originals ("Fine Yesterday" is so gorgeous it makes heartbreak seem welcome) or sharply chosen covers. Among the latter is a cleanly funky reading of Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault But Mine," which features Falconer on co-lead vocals, an unusual change of pace for Cray that also signals how the veteran guitarist has been revitalized by his change in companions. He's willing to lay back into his soul but will also cede the spotlight, knowing that the groove is the main thing.

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