Album review: Robert Cray, Strong Persuader (1986)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 26, 1986 By Steve Newton When Robert Cray joined blues giants Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland for last year's magnificent Showdown! album, it was as if the young guitarist had stepped out of nowhere to join the ranks of the blues' top veteran performers. With his new album, … Continue reading Album review: Robert Cray, Strong Persuader (1986)

Robert Cray’s Rykodisc debut is a paean to sixties soul

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 8, 1999 By Steve Newton Robert Cray isn’t known for covering other people’s material, but on his latest CD, Take Your Shoes Off, he was happy to take on Willie Dixon’s “Tollin’ Bells”, as well as the 1964 Solomon Burke chestnut “Won’t You Give Him (One More Chance)”. … Continue reading Robert Cray’s Rykodisc debut is a paean to sixties soul

Widespread Panic finds a home on Phil Walden’s resurrected Capricorn label

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 2, 1992 By Steve Newton If you were a fan of southern rock back in the days of vinyl, chances are you owned a couple of discs with the Capricorn label on them. With an early ’70s roster that included the Allman Brothers, the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet … Continue reading Widespread Panic finds a home on Phil Walden’s resurrected Capricorn label