Blues Legend: ROBERT CRAY!

Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At Blues Legend Robert Cray and gets Eleven Quick Answers right back...

For thirty-plus years Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues. He's won five Grammys and been nominated for 11 more, inspired critics to praise his soulful vocal and instrumental artistry, earned respect from his peers, and sent young guitarists running back to the woodshed.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

A glass of water.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

I don’t remember.

Who’s your favourite guitarist ‘at the moment’?

Jimmie Vaughan.

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Jimmie Vaughan!

So what are you up to at the moment?

Touring off and on in the States.

Note: Robert is touring the UK this July!

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk, James Brown, Clifford Brown, Fred Below and Willie Weeks!

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

Over 30 and my favourite is one of my signature sunburst stratocasters.

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

“Talk to Me” by Little Willia John.

Do you suffer from stage fright?

Off and on!

So what’s your drink of choice at 11pm in the evening?

Red Wine!

(Interview - 1st June 2008)