Purists sometimes criticize Cray's brand of the blues as "too commercialized." His fans say it's fresh and contemporary approach. KCUR's Susan Wilson asked Robert Cray about that recently, when he was in town for the Rhythm and Ribs festival.
Kansas City, MO – Ever since the album Strong Persuader went double platinum in 1986, Robert Cray has continued to make his mark on the blues scene. Cray interprets the blues with a soulful, soaring tenor and stirring Fender Stratocaster guitar licks. His lyrics go well beyond the genre's typical stories that focus on hard luck and cheating women. Instead, they explore a complex range of human experience and emotion.