Video: Smoking Gun
Superstar guitarist, singer-songwriter Robert Cray returns with his band to smoke the Hall with an evening of infectious Blues/Rock, including his top hits "Smoking Gun", "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark", and "Right Next Door".
Robert was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After years of playing small bars and blues joints Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. With his first records achieving moderate success he moved to HighTone Records in the mid-80s. His next records, Bad Influence and False Accusations, were more successful in the United States and in Europe, where he began building a reputation as a live artist. His fourth album release, Strong Persuader, produced by Dennis Walker, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single "Smoking Gun" gave him wider appeal and name recognition.
He was invited by Keith Richards to join the backing band for Chuck Berry in the 1987 film, Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll, directed by Taylor Hackford.
By now, Cray has become an opening act for such major stars as Eric Clapton (who remains a friend to this day), and sells out larger venues as a solo artist. Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and there are two signature Robert Cray Stratocasters models available from Fender. The Robert Cray Custom Shop Stratocaster is made in the United States in the Fender custom shop and is identical to the guitars that Cray currently plays, while the Robert Cray Standard Stratocaster is a less-expensive model made in Fender's Ensenada, Mexico plant.
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