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to our Winner!
Cheryl Canfield

Cheryl has won
two tickets
to see Robert Cray

Courtesy of the Walton Arts Center

  From the Walton Arts Center
Who: The Robert Cray Band
Where: Walton Arts Center
When: Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm 
“Robert Cray is not only making music, he’s making history,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. Since 1974, The Robert Cray Band has been touring and recording their unique groove, born from a love of soul, American roots, R&B, gospel, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
On his newest album, That’s What I Heard, Cray celebrates the music of Curtis Mayfield, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Sensational Nightingales and more, alongside his own songs. “Funky, cool and bad,” is how the Blues Hall of Famer describes the Grammy(R)-nominated album, produced by longtime collaborator Steve Jordan, who adds, “I thought, if we could get this thing that Sam Cooke used to have, the kind of sound that early Sam Cooke records had, that we could pull this off.”
Cray and Jordan go way back, having met during the making of the Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll in 1987. They started working together in 1999, when Jordan produced the Grammy-winning Take Your Shoes Off, and again on the recent Grammy-nominated LP Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm. That’s What I Heard is their sixth album.
“Once you start working with Steve, it’s kind of hard to get away from him,” said Cray.
“Robert is just a great person besides being extraordinary talent,” adds Jordan. “People gravitate to his guitar playing first, but I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard in my life. Not only because of his singing ability, but his interpretations. He’s such an honest soul in my opinion.”
The Robert Cray Band has released more than 20 acclaimed albums, with five Grammy wins and millions of records sold worldwide. “The band continues with the same enthusiasm and joy in what we do,  no matter the accolades,” says Cray. “Today is all that matters!”
Cray’s band features Richard Cousins (bass), Dover Weinberg (keyboards), Terence F. Clark (drums), and Steve Jordan (drums, percussion).

Registration for the 2022 Ozark Blues Society Blues Challenge and Best Self-Produced CD competition is NOW OPEN!
Visit the Blues Challenge drop down menu above to learn more and to access registration.
Registration closes, October 8, 2022.

Questions or trouble navigating registration?
Contact Sandy McCann

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About the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas

                  Keeping the Blues Alive
                      in the Natural State

The Ozark Blues Society was formed in May 2001 and incorporated as the Ozark Blues Society of NW Arkansas, Inc., a non-profit organization, on 1/15/2002.  The Society was approved as a 501(c)(3) public charity on 5/6/2002.  The Ozark Blues Society is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Ozark Blues Society is to foster the development in the community of an appreciation of all types of blues music by promoting and producing meetings, lectures, seminars, concerts, musical productions and entertainment involving the blues; to promote public knowledge of local, national, and international blues music; and to promote historical research into blues music in order to perpetuate the memory, spirit, and music of blues artists who have not received just popular recognition.


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