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US Blues Star larry McCray November UK Shows

Larry McCray
Larry McCray Larry McCray

What do you get if you mix passionate soul vocals, stunning blues guitar, funky songs and a top drawer US band? The answer can be discovered if you get along to one of the half dozen UK shows Larry McCray and his band are over here for in early November.

Paul Jones has Larry in session on his BBC Radio 2 blues programme on Monday 29th October, from 7pm, so tune in to find out just how good this guy is, then go book a gig ticketâ¦â¦â¦â¦

Larry was the very first artist to be signed to the UK blues label Pointblank, part of Virgin, in 1990 and burst onto the European scene with a blindingly great record: âAmbition.â

Larry McCray is one of a handful of talented young blues performers leading the genre across boundaries and into the new century. McCrayâs savage blues guitar and warm, soulful vocals have drawn attention worldwide.

1993 saw the release of McCrayâs second album, Delta Hurricane, which was recorded in Memphis with the notoriously funky Uptown Horns. In 1998, Born To Play The Blues moved the story of McCrayâs broadly appealing music forward another giant step. Bold, brawny, often dazzling guitar lines are matched with confident, soul-drenched vocals. Understated funk rhythms meet searing slow blues and booty-bumping shuffles.

Believe It in 2000 was the debut on his own label. McCray cites a career highlight as being honoured as the Orville Gibson 2000 Male Blues Guitarist of the Year, beating giants such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and others. Yes folks, McCray is THAT good.

Magnolia Records released McCrayâs first live album, Live On 75, in 2005. Larryâs latest studio record is the simply self titled â Larry Mccray,which has made a real splash in UK and Europe.

Look out for his famed "Flying V" guitar at the following venues in November, and he will be back for more UK shows in May and July next year (inc festivals). If you like Albert Collins, Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan or todayâs big blues guitar star Joe Bonamssa, you are just gonna love Mr McCray and his attack of the killer veeâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦..

DATES:

Friday, 02/11/2012, Boarhunt Blues, North Boarhunt, Hampshire
boarhuntblues.com

Saturday, 03/11/2012, Long Street Blues Club, Wilsford House, 30 Long Street, Devizes Wilts SN10 1NW 01380 722005
longstreetbluesclub.co.uk

Sunday, 04/11/2012, Haven Club Rock & Blues at the Bullingdon, 162 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UE
havenclub.co.uk

Thursday, 08/11/2012, The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham 0844 8700000.
hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Friday, 09/11/20122, Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG 01603 660352
norwichartscentre.co.uk

Saturday, 10/11/2012, Carlisle Blues Festival, The Swallow Hilltop Hotel, Carlisle, Cumbria
carlislebluesfestival.com

larrymccrayband.com

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Words SIMON REDLEY

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