3 October 2015
Reviewed by Linzi Davies
The Robert Cray Band performed Saturday night at The Lowry in Manchester. The groups first gig on English soil in almost 3 years. Cray is an American blues singer who really is something else on the wide variety of guitars that he played during the set. His deep soulful tones echoed out amongst the numbers of fans both young and old that had come to see him. By no means a sell-out but the listening audience were more than happy head nodding and foot stamping in time with the beat. Having only heard a few of Cray’s track when played by my late husband, I was slightly disappointed that it seemed to be a more recent collection that he sang with a couple of old tracks thrown in for good measure, including Bad Influence and Right Next Door which had an immediate reaction on the crowd. Some of the older tracks such as Strong Persuader and Living Proof particular favourites of mine.
The stage set up was impressive and bass guitarist Richard Cousins kept the watchers entertained with his charismatic charm and offers of free drinks at the end. Cray himself could possibly interact a little more with the crowd to endear himself even more.
Overall an enjoyable evening of easy listening to variety of tracks around love and how it effects emotions when it is lost. My particular favourite was the instrumental Hip Tight Onions, truly fantastic, even a bit of funky dancing from Cray and Cousins.
The Robert Cray Band are playing a variety of dates between now and the 6th November when the tours hits Texas.
Worth a watch if looking for a light evening of entertainment.
For more information and tour dates visit www.robertcray.com.
For other shows at The Lowry visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000