LEGENDARY BLUES SINGER AND GUITARIST LARRY McCRAY LAUNCHES DEFINED CAREER ALBUM WITHOUT YOU
Highly anticipated album produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith available now from KTBA Records
McCray Releases New Music Video For “Down To The Bottom” Featuring Gov’t Mule Front Man and Former Allman Brothers Band Guitarist Warren Haynes
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Eager to demonstrate his legendary position, Larry McCray resurfaced with their first album in seven years blues without youproduced by titan blues-rock Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smithon Bonamassa Keeping blues records alive (KTBA Recordings). Order the album HERE. Watch the new music video “To the bottom” HERE. Stream the album HERE.
“Blues Without You” is one heck of a near-perfect blues record. »
“The best record of his career.”
– Blues Rock Review
“It’s a beautifully soulful blues album, seasoned with wisdom.”
– Rough Ramp
“by Larry McCray new album oozes passion and intensity.”
– Fireworks review
On the way to becoming a staple of the genre at the start of his career alongside the great BB Kings, Boyfriend, Albert King and more, singer and guitarist of rustbelt Larry McCrayLife has emulated the rags-to-riches stories of the blues throughout his musical career.
“Albert King, Albert Collins and BB King really had the most influence on me because, in my mind, they were the best of their generation at playing the blues,” McCray shares. “And it took them their entire career to achieve minor milestones in the business. So if it took the greatest players their entire career to get there, who am I to complain about having to follow in their footsteps?
“I feel totally reborn, with a brand new career, and I’m optimistic about what the future holds,” he adds. “But to be honest, sometimes I wish it had happened 30 years ago. I would have been much more qualified for the job at that age than at 62,” he laughs.
With performances by Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Joanna Connor and Reese WynanMcCray’s 12-song collection received critical acclaim Guitar Techniques Magazinedubbing blues without you as “exquisite” and the tracks “run the gamut of what many blues fans want: great songs, rich grooves, tight band interaction and stinging guitar solos”, while blues rock criticism praises it as “the record of a lifetime and the best project of his career”.
Along with today’s release, the Arkansas-native launches the official music video for “all the way down” with Warren Haynesdescribed by blues rock criticism as “a musical endeavor where Larry discusses the challenges he has gone through in his life and career”. “To the bottom” is a moment Larry McCray classical,” says UK music website Fabrications HQ.
Called an “old-school, perfectly arranged” song by guitar world, “Recent news” is “shaped by the seemingly endless crises that dominate day-to-day news”, while the lead single “Arkansas” East “Smooth, vibrant and a bit funky too – an impressive statement of intent. McCray looks invigorated.”
Title track”Blues without you (for Paul)” is a moving tribute to McCray’s manager of more than three decades Paul Koch, who died suddenly last year. “”Blues Without You is a career-defining song, one that could arguably rival The thrill is gone or other Blues classics. The pure emotion captured in this song is something many artists aspire to, but few achieve,” boasts blues rock criticismalso calling it a “career-defining” track that “should become an instant classic of the blues genre”.
“Larry McCray is a legend,” praises producer Bonamassa. “We have known this for 30 years. He is the last of the great blues criers of the rust belt. It is now up to the world to rediscover it. He’s been here forever.”
“I met Joe when he was in his twenties, and I met Josh when he was around 13 on tour,” McCray shares. “My first impression of the two is that they would do exactly what they did by becoming the alpha figures of the pack among all the other guitarists. I never thought either of them were impressed with anything that I was playing because I’m old school.
“I was really surprised when I found out that they wanted to work with me. It was sometimes very difficult – sometimes I even felt very embarrassed to have to play in front of someone I respected on that level musically”, he continues. “But it felt good to work with old friends that I knew and whose opinions I valued and trusted so much.”
McCray was named Orville H. Gibson (in honor of the famed Gibson Guitar founder) Male Blues Guitarist of the Year in 2000, won Best Guitarist in the 2014 International Blues Matters Writers’ Poll, and received the Sonny Payne “Sunshine” Award for blues excellence in 2015. years, Larry has performed and toured with blues greats such as BB King, Boyfriend, Albert King, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Robert CrayKeb’Mo’, Jimmie Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Bergerand Joe Bonamassaas well as rock legends the Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh, Jonny Lang, Joe Walsh, Helm of Levon, Chris Robinson, Dickey Bettsand countless others.
Blues Without You – Track List
2. Without love, it doesn’t matter
3. Good dies young
4. Down To The Bottom feat. Warren Haynes
5. Latest news
6. Blues Roadhouse
7. Drinking booze and chasing women feat. Joanna Connor
8. Blues without you (for Paul)
9. Mr. Easy feat. Joe Bonamassa
10. No More Crying
11. Don’t put your dreams to bed
12. I play the blues
On Larry McCray
Rust Belt Blues Guitarist and Singer Larry McCray was born in 1960 in Magnolia, Ark., as one of nine siblings. Very early on, his sister, Clara, introduced him to the guitar and the transformative music of the three kings of the blues. In 1972, 12-year-old Larry followed Clara to Saginaw, Mich., where he honed his guitar skills, adding rock riffs to the traditional blues style he loved. After high school, Larry began playing on the local circuit, and by the late ’80s had come to the attention of the blues label head of Virgin Records, who had signed Larry as Point’s inaugural artist. Blank Records. His first album, Ambition– aptly named for fusing elements of blues, rock and soul to create a contemporary blues sound – was released in 1990 to critical acclaim. Throughout the 90s, Larry continued to help define blues rock, releasing Hurricane Delta (1993), Meet me at the lake (1996) and Born to play the blues (1998). In 2000, Larry launched his own label, Magnolia Foldersfreeing Believe it (2000), The blues is my business (2001), Live on Interstate 75 (2006), Larry McCray (2007) and The Gibson Sessions (2015). Throughout these years Larry has played with blues greats such as BB King, Boyfriend, Albert King, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Robert CrayKeb’Mo’, Jimmie Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Bergerand Joe Bonamassaas well as rock legends the Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh, Jonny Lang, Joe Walsh, Helm of Levon, Chris RobinsonDickie Betts and countless others. blues without youLarry’s latest album, a 12-track original, was recorded on Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive label.
About Keeping the Blues Alive Records
Joe Bonamassa and his longtime manager, Roy Weisman, put their decades of expertise to good use with their new venture, Keeping the Blues Alive (KTBA) Records. The independent label is an offshoot of Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, by Joe Bonamassa nonprofit that aims to keep the art of music in schools and preserve the rich culture and history of the blues.
Since its inception in 2020, KTBA Records has proven to be a driving force in the music industry, recruiting talented artists and propelling them into the limelight. The label released albums for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Dion, Chicago blues queen Joanna Connorand blues rock feel Joanne Shaw Taylor. Each album received worldwide critical acclaim as well as the coveted No. 1 spot on the Billboard Blues album chart. This is just the beginning for KTBA Records. With its roster of talented musicians and success in the industry, the label has many new projects on the horizon, working in synergy with the nonprofit’s mission to support musicians. 10% of all profits from KTBA Recordings are donated to the foundation.
KTBA Records represents Bonamassa’s continued efforts over the past 25 years to support the artistic community and reflects the philosophy of giving back as so many others have done for him in hopes of paving the way for musicians to coming years. To support the mission of KTBA Records and its talented artists, visit www.ktbarecords.com now.
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