It is great to have Robert Cray back with a new album called In My Soul. We will hear performances from Cray and his band in front of an audience at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, plus conversation with WXPN's Michaela Majoun.
Believe it or not, the blues wasn't the first thing Cray wanted to play on guitar. As a kid, like so many others, he was inspired by seeing The Beatles. It was later that he fell under the spell of Jimi Hendrix and Albert Collins, whom he backed for a while. Cray's breakthrough album, Strong Persuader, came out in 1986 and won two Grammy Awards. He tells Majoun that album's success has allowed him to have a career.