The Robert Cray Band (from the album In My Soul) - Quality is to be expected when Robert Cray puts his name on an album cover. Robert is a 15x nominee, 5x Grammy winner and one of the youngest musicians, at 57 years old, to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In My Soul, the latest release by the Robert Cray Band. is delivered with the same attention to detail, relaxed playing, and smooth vocals found in the man’s previous sixteen studio albums and twelve million records sold. The Blues has been good to Robert Cray and he has done a good turn for the music. Robert Cray, and the way he crafts a song, have opened doors for the Blues in the Pop marketplace. With the Blues as their core, the songs of Robert Cray have been a blend of the children of the Blues sound; rock, soul and R&B. In My Soul focuses on one influence in the music of Robert Cray and Soul powers the album.
In My Soul was produced by longtime Robert Cray cohort, Steve Jordan. The ten songs pay tribute to the sound and style of Stax and Chess Records. Rather than playing favorite between Memphis Stax and Chicago Chess, Robert Cray uses the goals of the 45’s from the mighty Soul, Blues and R&B music factories of the 50’s and 60’s. The music of Chess Records artists, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter Bo Diddley, and those of Stax Records, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, was not meant for niche audiences. Both labels considered themselves peers to the Pop of the time and the records were made for Top 40 radio. Robert Cray Band offer an instrumental homage to Booker T. with In My Soul’s “Hi Tight Onions”. The song was a co-write of longtime Cray sideman, Richard Cousins, who also penned the steamy late-night soul ballad of staying together like the vows promise, “Hold On”. The release of In My Soul comes in the year which celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the forming of the Robert Cray Band. Robert takes soul in his hands and delivers top shelf, customized love letters that honor influence and seamlessly fit with the Robert Cray musical catalog. The groove’s go from the sizzling steps of “You Move Me” through the slow sway of “What Would You Say” as it wonders about tomorrow and the legacy we will leave. Robert Cray Band percolates through a version of Otis Redding’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” with horn punches, dirty guitar riffs and a non-stop rhythm section. As In My Soul watches its needles edge towards the end of the album, the Robert Cray Band go down a little bit further into the blue mood that colors the Soul dance floor on the record. “Deep in My Soul” tingles like a chill up your spine and a cool breeze against your skin.