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Nothin But Love
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Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group will release Robert Cray Band new album
'Nothin But Love' on August 28, 2012.
Robert Cray is a 5 time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter guitar legend
who was inducted into the 2011 Blues Hall of Fame. Cray has released 20 award
winning platinum albums and in addition to his Grammy awards, has been
nominated an additional 15 times.
Robert has performed with Blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and B.B. King-touring extensively with both Albert Collins and Eric Clapton and has his own line of Fender Signature Guitars.
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Always consistent, Cray has broken new ground with "Nothin' But Love". 2009's "This Time" brought us a revitalized band- the return of bassist Richard Cousins and the addition of drummer Tony Braunagel gave Cray needed spark, captured brilliantly on 2010's live "Cookin' In Mobile". On this latest offering, strong songwriting and a great producer make it work. Kevin Shirley has a well deserved reputation with bands like Iron Maiden and Rush, but he actually started producing South African musicians in his native Johannesburg. He earned respect in the blues rock world with Joe Bonamassa's many successes, including "Dust Bowl" and "Live From The Royal Albert Hall". Shirley recorded the band straight from a short tour into a week's worth of rehearsals. His timing, as well as his youthful and eclectic input culminated in one of Cray's most energetic offerings.
"Nothin' But Love" contains some of the strongest songwriting in Robert Cray's canon. Bassist Cousins, along with writing partner Hendrix Ackle wrote the opening track "Won't Be Coming Home". Great jazz inspired guitar on this minor key Blues, which Cray is a master of. Keyboardist Jim Pugh and drummer Braunagel offer "Worry", which is a heartfelt song about a man watching his daughter grow up, and the worry that comes to every man in his position. Pugh also wrote "I'll Always Remember You", and Cray plays well against the horn arrangement.
Cray is as mighty with the pen as he is with the guitar on this disc. "Side Dish" is an uptempo fun R&B number that will guarantee to get you moving. His many shout-out food references are in the best Blues tradition (think "Chicken In The Kitchen" from "This Time"). "I'm Done Cryin' deals with the losses so many have endured in these tough economic times, but the man telling the story will retain his dignity. "Sadder Days"has a beautiful melody, and the lyrics are a clever play on words. The man doesn't want his woman to leave, but leave she does- on a Saturday. When that day of the week comes around, it's a "sadder day".
"Blues Get Off My Shoulder" is a Bobby Parker song first recorded in 1958 with saxophonist Paul Williams.It was Shirley's idea to cover the track, and Cray does justice to the song without copying Parker's licks. The live bonus track, "You Belong To Me" is a great way to end this fine album; both Pugh and Cray get to stretch out on this one. Magic Sam would be proud.
This may be the most diverse collection of songs in Robert Cray's career, at least equal to "Take Your Shoes Off". There are political statements and mature observations, along with some new love-gone-wrong numbers. Cray should be applauded for not falling into the "rock crossover" trap. He has maintained his integrity throughout his career by playing sweet soul blues, and his style owes more to Albert King and Cornell Dupree than Hendrix or SRV. The disc also comes with a booklet describing the making of the music by Henry Yates, with personal quotes from Cray himself. "Nothin' But Love" is nothing but great.
Band : Jim Pugh Piano & hammond Organ , Richard Cousins Bass Guitar , Tony Braunagel Drums : Won't Be Coming Home ( Richard Cousins & Hendrix Ackle ) - Worry ( Jim Pugh & Tony Braunagel ) - I'll Always Remember You ( Jim Pugh ) - Side Dish ( Robert Cray ) - A Memo ( Richard Cousins & Hendrix Ackle ) - Blues Get Off My Shoulder ( Bobby Parker JR ) - Fix This ( Robert Cray ) - I'm Done Cryin' ( Robert Cray ) - Great Big Old House ( Robert Cray ) - Sadder Days ( Robert Cray ) - and the 11th Bonus Track : You Belong To Me live ( Pee Wee King ) .
Another Great Album by Robert Cray & Band .
I've seen a couple of reviews here complaining that he should not voice political views through his lyrics from people who obviously don't understand the nature of art as a medium for self expression. Really? Step outside the lemming line. Get yourself a crank organ and a monkey. Robert is still a man . . .
There is a bluesman who always admired since I heard your music here in Brazil. This talented musician of which I speak is the Lord: Robert Cray or Robert Cray band.
His own three albums. The first is: "SWEET POTATO PIE" of 1997. "Take Your Shoes OFF" of 1997 and the most recent "NOTHING BUT LOVE" by 2012. This album "NOTHING BUT LOVE" has several good songs, but the ones I liked the most were: "WORRY" , " Won't be coming home", "Blues Get OFF My Shoulder" and "Great Big Old House".
It's an album you can hear it from first to last song and say that 's the real American Blues.
That's why I recommend it to everyone who likes of Blues musician Robert Cray.