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Robert Cray live at Warrington Parr Hall, Cheshire, England UK 2012-06-30 | by @HotpixUK -Add Me On Ipernity 500px
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Robert Cray live at Warrington Parr Hall, Cheshire, England UK 2012-06-30

A shot from an excellent night at Warringtons Parr Hall (I am glad to say my local venue is upping its game) with Robert Cray and his band. I must say I had pretty much the worst seat in the place and only by blagging an empty seat in the row behind, managed to get a decent view.

 

The brilliant set played on the night which is apparently not aranged in advance with the band included: I shiver, Worry, The Things You Do To Me, Bad Influence, Dont You Even Care, It Doesn't Show, On The Road Down, I'll always Remember You, Phone Booth, Poor Johnny, I Can't Fail, Smoking Gun, Chicken In The Kitchen and Still A Man.

 

The Robert Cray UK June Tour takes in The London BluesFest 2012 at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, The Glasgow O2 ABC, Birmingham Town Hall, The Holmfirth Picturedrome, Reading Sub89 and The Brighton Concorde2 (July 2012).

 

Robert Cray (born August 1, 1953, Columbus, Georgia, United States) is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career.

 

Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. His third album release, Strong Persuader, produced by Dennis Walker, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single "Smokin' Gun" gave him wider appeal and name recognition.

 

By now, Cray was an opening act for such major stars as Eric Clapton (who remains a friend to this day), and sold out larger venues as a solo artist. Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and there are two signature Robert Cray Stratocasters models available from Fender. The Robert Cray Custom Shop Stratocaster is made in the United States in the Fender custom shop and is identical to the guitars that Cray currently plays, while the Robert Cray Standard Stratocaster is a less-expensive model made in Fender's Ensenada, Mexico plant.

 

Cray had the opportunity to play alongside John Lee Hooker on his album Boom Boom, playing the guitar solo in the song "Same Old Blues Again". He is also featured on the Hooker album, The Healer; he plays a guitar solo on the song "Baby Lee". The entire Robert Cray Band backs Hooker on the title track of Hooker's 1992 album "Mr. Lucky", where Cray plays lead guitar, sings, and banters with Hooker throughout the song.

 

Cray was invited to play at the "Guitar Legends" concerts in Seville, Spain at the 1992 Expo, where he played a signature track, "Phone Booth". Albert Collins was also on the bill on this blues night of the "Legends" gigs.

 

Cray continues to record and tour. He appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and supported Eric Clapton on his 2006-2007 world tour. In Fargo, North Dakota, he joined Clapton on backup guitar for the Cream song "Crossroads". In 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame

 

More bands from my photostream here - www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/sets/72157617877835069/

 

More Of My Warrington here - www.flickr.com/search/?q=warrington&w=33062170%40N08&...

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Taken on June 30, 2012