317. Robert Cray

When you fly the flag of the Blues, many Rock and Roll pundits tend to take notice. For various reasons, Robert Cray was noticed by the critics and Blues followers, but he never seemed to gain the respect like those who came before him.   One of the few successful Bluesmen in the 80’s (and beyond), Robert Cray was sometimes the victim of disrespect. It came from the strong accessibility of his music, and while it had Poppish overtones and lacked some of the grittiness of the Blues artists who came before him but he was just as soulful as his influences were. Cray’s detractors may forget that he had the blessing and respect from the very legends they compared him to, and next to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has to be considered among the leaders of the Blues Revival movement.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2005   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Columbus. GA)   Nominated In: Never   Why He Will Get In: It is possible that he could get the not that many feel will go to Stevie Ray Vaughan.   Why He Won’t Get In: He was not beloved by many lovers of the Blues.   NIHOF’s Favorite Album: Strong Persuader (1986) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988) Midnight Stroll (1990) I Was Warned (1992)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Smoking Gunn (From Strong Persuader, 1986) Fantasized (From Strong Persuader, 1986) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (From Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, 1988) The Forecast Calls for Pain (From Midnight Stroll, 1990) Midnight Stroll (From Midnight Stroll, 1990)   www.robertcray.com {acepolls 267}

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