Review: Robert Cray Band

Mark NichollsRobert Cray here underlined why he is one of the great blues guitarists with a stunning performance. It was a masterclass of electric blues guitar.Mark Nicholls

Norwich Theatre Royal

Robert Cray here underlined why he is one of the great blues guitarists with a stunning performance at the Theatre Royal, Norwich.

It was a masterclass of electric blues guitar offered up by Cray and his band in a set which included of many of his best-known songs.

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The Theatre Royal proved a perfect setting for the US blues artist and from the outset it was songs such as Anytime and Strong Persuader that set the tone for an evening.

Cray's music of love, intrigue and retribution was delivered in his unique style with incredible guitar solos and supported by an excellent three-piece band with outstanding keyboard work from Jim Hugh and Richard Cousins' driving bass.

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Other highlights from Cray and his trademark Fender Stratocaster guitars included Poor Johnny, Bad Influence and Smoking Gun.

Opening the show was veteran musician Andy Fairweather Low, who with his band, served up a selection of songs from a career spanning more than 40 years.

It included a range of styles and influences with hits from many of the people he had performed with such as Eric Clapton through to his own material including the 1970s hit Wide Eyed and Legless and the Amen Corner song If Paradise was Half as Nice from the late 1960s.

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