|The Robert Cray Band
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Robert Cray is a 5-time Grammy Award Winner. Most people know Cray’s music from his breakthrough album “Strong Persuader,” which featured the hit “Smoking Gun.” It reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart, the first blues album to do so since 1972, and went on to sell more than a million copies. It also elevated Cray’s status in the music world, putting him on the same stage as Clapton and other luminaries who recognized his prodigy on the six-string. The album also brought Cray the first of his five Grammys.
Robert Cray's This Time - the first studio album on singer-songwriter- guitarist Cray's own imprint Nozzle Records, distributed by Vanguard Records - arrives at a vital juncture in the musician's career, marked by creative renewal and a key reunion with an old performing partner, Richard Cousins. Bassist Cousins, whose tenure with the Robert Cray Band began with its origins in Eugene, Oregon, in 1974 and extended through 1991, encompassing such early high-water marks as Strong Persuader (1986) and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1988), both winners of the best contemporary blues performance Grammy. The refreshing lineup of Cray, Cousins, Jim Pugh (keyboards), and Tony Braunagel (drums) came together at Santa Barbara, California, to record what became This Time. Cray produced with Don Smith engineering.