Rams Head presents
The Robert Cray Band
Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmRams Head Live
$25.00 - $35.00
The Robert Cray Band
Sixteen albums and five Grammys deep into his career, blues torchbearer Robert Cray no longer has anything to prove to anyone. So it’s appropriate and refreshing that for 2012’s Nothin’ but Love, he turns away from universal but timeworn blues tropes to address more personal matters. For Nothin’ but Love, Cray and his road-tested touring band work through nine original songs about family life and growing older, abandoned homes and fading relationships. This is a brooding, not to say downcast, set of songs heavy on introspection and light on flashy instrumental heroics. That’s not to say that Cray’s playing is anything less than excellent. Throughout Nothin’ but Love he maintains his trademark tone—a fleet-footed trebly jangle—over a series of lively solos and choogling riffs that are the equal of his finest. Among Nothin’ but Love’s reflective original songs is one telling cover: a soulful take on Bobby Parker’s atmospheric 1958 lament “Blues Get off of My Shoulder," which effectively sets the tone for this strikingly understated but reliably excellent set.
When singing sensation Shemekia Copeland first appeared on the scene in 1997 with her groundbreaking debut CD, TURN THE HEAT UP, she quickly became, at 18 years old, a roots music superstar. Critics from around the country celebrated Shemekia's music as fans of all ages agreed that an unstoppable new talent had arrived. Shemekia released two more CDs: 2000's Grammy?-nominated WICKED and 2002's TALKING TO STRANGERS (produced by Dr. John), and in that short period of time, collected five Blues Music Awards, a Grammy? nomination, five Living Blues Awards, and was honored with the coveted 'Talent Deserving Wider Recognition' Award by the DownBeat Critics' Poll. Rock legend Robert Plant called her 'the next Tina Turner.' Shemekia has already had a lifetime's worth of career highlights, including performances on national television, appearances in films, and sharing stages with some of the biggest names in the music world.