“Practicing a solo puts you in a position of being unable to reach it later. I don't subscribe to that theory. My solos have to come straight out of me in the moment”: Robert Cray on his return to the road and why the blues must evolve to survive

Robert Cray performs onstage at The Apollo Theater in New York City on March 30, 2023
(Image credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images/Jazz Foundation of America)

Robert Cray is back at it, something that's refreshing to see, as he's been “mostly off the road” in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, he’s feeling energized and “fortunate to be up and running again,” but, understandably, it took the veteran Strat-slinger a moment or three to regain his form.

“Getting the flow back took a minute,” Cray says, “But we're back at it and did a few European tours, which went great. We're ready to work our butts off here in the States now; it's been going pretty well.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.