Robert Cray: "With solos, I just improvise and let it fly. It’s what you’re feeling right then and there"

Robert Cray with his (hardtail) signature Fender Strat — "I don’t use a whammy bar, so there’s no reason to have one. I get the vibrato from my hands," he says (Image credit: Jeff Katz)

This Georgia-born guitar-slinger’s style and Strat tone are instantly recognizable.

Robert Cray has recorded with Eric Clapton, performed with a who’s who of blues legends, from Stevie Ray Vaughan to B.B. King to Hubert Sumlin, and just released a funky new album called That’s What I Heard?

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James Wood

James is a guitarist and freelance writer who's interviewed some of the biggest names in music. He is the author of four books and his writing credits include work for Guitar World, AXS and Yahoo! as well as for his hometown newspaper where he writes on a variety of topics with both passion and humor. As a guitarist, he's performed everywhere from local bars and nightclubs to some of the biggest stages in front of thousands of music fans.