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  posted on 12/2/2019 at 07:10 PM
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Robert's last few albums didn't chart except on the blues chart. But in 1986 Cray released Strong Persuader which went to number 13 on the Billboard 200 best selling albums chart and sold over 2 million copies in the US and over 500,000 copies overseas. That 1986 album was his only huge hit. His Brothers and Sisters

His influences are Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters.


Robert Cray = Jimmie Vaughn

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 12:02 AM
Had to revive this thread. Here's a little Daniel Castro for you, something I shot almost 3 years ago. Maybe my favorite guitar player anywhere not just here in the Bay area. Love his Tele tone. Daniel's solo starts at 2:17. This is one from his great Desperate Rain record. Tony "Macaroni" Lufrano keyboards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8lZoiDgGvg

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 07:41 AM
There is no best.

Rewind the clock 70-100 yrs ago and give me someone sitting down and pickin the blues on an acoustic or resonator. That's where its at for me.


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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 08:01 AM
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There is no best.

Rewind the clock 70-100 yrs ago and give me someone sitting down and pickin the blues on an acoustic or resonator. That's where its at for me.

https://youtu.be/c0IAXHKiKFo


When I read that, Muddy’s The Real Folk Blues came to mind immediately - & to ears later on today - great Bukka White & Daniel Castro clips too

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 08:43 AM
One of my favorite blues albums is "Showdown!" which is Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, and Robert Cray. Mid/ late 80's. It is definitely not field hollers - it's more along the lines of BB or EC rather than something raw - but it grooves and stings.
 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 09:57 AM
Pretty much imposible to say who is or even was the best. So many groundbreakers that brought us more styles and visions then was even thought possible, back when Robert Johnson was stumbling in and out of gin joints
But yes this one, just a great , great record
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One of my favorite blues albums is "Showdown!" which is Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, and Robert Cray. Mid/ late 80's. It is definitely not field hollers - it's more along the lines of BB or EC rather than something raw - but it grooves and stings.

Another one of the collaboration records I really like is The Super Super Blues Band (Diddley, Wolf & Waters) Its just fun. Not really sure, but it sounds like one mic, one take.
A more recent collaoration is another great listen Triple Fret (Bernard Allison with Larry McCray, Carl Weathersby & Lucky Peterson)
Express - Bernard Allison & Cedric Burnside
2 man wrecking crew Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcom

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 11:08 AM
You really can't label Ry Cooder a blues guitarist, to me he's more like a musicians' musician.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 11:17 AM

Robert Cray = Jimmie Vaughn

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They play with SOUL. Something that you dont get.


no need to slam others... you like what you like, no right or wrong here.

My list could easily include other given to what I'm listening to at the time... Chris Cain, Walter Trout, Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith, Tommy Castro.... you could make a list a mile long if you wanted to... it's music, It's all good.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 11:31 AM
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Robert Cray = Jimmie Vaughn

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They play with SOUL. Something that you dont get.


no need to slam others... you like what you like, no right or wrong here.

My list could easily include other given to what I'm listening to at the time... Chris Cain, Walter Trout, Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith, Tommy Castro.... you could make a list a mile long if you wanted to... it's music, It's all good.


Cray and Vaughn bore me greatly too. I cannot even really get through their songs. May seem harsh, but they seem to me the Muzak version of blues guitar.

Jimmie's rhythm playing has its moments for sure, but Cray is really tough for me to get into.

 

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  posted on 12/11/2019 at 03:58 PM
I do like Jimmie Vaughan and like Robert Cray on his Strong Persuader album and on Showdown with Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland (a fun album). Around the time of Strong Persuader I went and saw Robert Cray and I remember thinking that I might as well have just listened to the album as it was essentially the same experience with no added live spark or energy.

 

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