Legendary guitarist-songwriter and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray will perform at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 27.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.
Growing up in the northwest, Cray listened to the gospel of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Bobby Bland’s soul, Jimi Hendrix’s rock guitar and the Beatles’ pop sounds. Cray brought these influences into play throughout his career, and has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades.
The glow of a career in music began when Cray was a teen, and in 1974 it burst into flames as the Robert Cray Band came together in Eugene, Oregon. In time, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases – 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts – and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.
The first black artist since Hendrix to rise to such levels of fame in rock music, Cray’s sensational career includes five Grammy Awards and many W.C. Handy blues awards. In 2013, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Cray traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.
If You Go:
Feb. 27, 2018
TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.
Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.