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Robert Cray review 9-2-19 Tucson

Posted: September 8, 2019 in Music
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Technically, all of these guys (especially Cray and the keyboard player) were great. Sometimes it’s just nice to see good players do their thing, no matter how predictable.

Having said that, I was bored shitless. Cray played somewhere between 16 and 20 tunes (counting the two encores — kudos to him for that) but all of the tunes were in a very narrow tempo and rhythmic range: all in straight time, but for a single song, and all in very narrow tempo range I’d estimate at about 100 – 120 bpm. A lot of the time the drummer was just playing a standard rock beat and minor variations thereof. That ain’t blues, no way, no how, nowhere. The only remotely interesting beat was one the drummer did on the snare and floor tom, shuffling the first beat, and then doing the rest straight (One …. a 2 and …. and 4) while using a shaker in his right hand.

The horrible part is that most of the audience loved it (including the GF — about 10% of the audience walked out, to their credit). The only changes in the tempo were in the final tune before the encores (about 140 to start and ramped up a bit from there) and the second, slow encore, which was probably in the mid-80s).

I’m very glad that I got comps for this — yes, I’m biting the hand that fed me — but Jesus Festering Christ, seeing Cray playing this formulaic crap is pathetic. He’s so much better than this. Or could be.

If he continues this crowd-pleasing crap, I wouldn’t drive across town to see him.