In his 2007 interview with The Bulletin, veteran bluesman Robert Cray took a low-key view of his three-decade career as one of the most reliable blues artists alive.
“The cool thing about being around as long as we have been," he said back then, “is that we’re still working, and that’s any band’s dream."
Well, there’s more to Cray and his band that just “still working." This is a man, after all, with five Grammy awards to his name (and 15 nominations), millions of records sold (powered, in part, by his 1986 mainstream hit “Smoking Gun"), and a resumé that includes collaborations with blues legends Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker, among others.
But that’s the past. Cray is not only still making music, but his new album “Nothin’ But Love" is garnering terrific reviews in outlets like the British newspaper The Observer, which said Cray “burns with urgency" and “has his mojo back" on the album.
Robert Cray; 7:30 p.m. Sunday; SOLD OUT; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend; www.tower theatre.org, 541-317-0700.