Venue: Orleans Showroom
4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: May 18, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Show Times: 8pm
Starting at $33.00
Robert Cray is a legendary blues icon and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Throughout his career, which dates back to the '70s, he has received 15 Grammy nominations and won five Grammy Awards. He's also sold millions of records worldwide and appeared with his band at innumerable concerts.
A lover of guitar since he was a teenager, Cray was inspired by musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and B.B. King. Cray formed his own band at the age of 20. The four-piece group called the Robert Cray Band included his longtime friend Richard Cousins. Living in Oregon at the time, they began touring regionally on the West Coast. Their breakthrough came with the 1986 album "Strong Persuader," which also appealed to mainstream rock fans.
Since that release, Cray has gone on to record 15 Billboard-charting studio albums. In addition, he's written and performed with an assortment of music industry luminaries -- including Keith Richards, Tina Turner, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker. He contributed to Eric Clapton's acclaimed comeback album "Journeyman" in 1989 with the song "Old Love." Plus, he's a frequent performer at Clapton's annual Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011 at the age of 57. He is the foundation's youngest living inductee.
Even though his career spans several decades, Cray hasn't begun to slow down. Last year, the Robert Cray Band released the "Nothin But Love" collection, their first studio album since 2009's "This Time." He and his band have also begun 2013 in the midst of a world tour – with a stop scheduled in Las Vegas at The Orleans in May.