Item# 02028622379
Released: 4/28/2017
Category: Blues
Media: Compact Discs
Record Label: RED INK RECORD (RDI)
Price: $15.99   (0 in stock)
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Royal Studios may lag behind Sun and Stax in most music histories about great Memphis recording locations, but with a stellar output that included such Hi label greats like Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles and of course Al Green, it remains one of the worlds most famous. So when blues/soulman Robert Cray and producer Steve Jordan went looking for a location to record the formers next album, the still active Royal was a logical destination. The cherry on top is the participation of three ageing but still active members of the famous Hi Rhythm Section including the great Rev. Charles Hodges on keyboards and his brother/bassist Leroy Flick Hodges to slather on some extra Memphis mojo. Open the sleeve of Crays first studio set in three years and theres a picture of him with his Hi backing musicians standing in front of a wall spray painted in huge letters with I Love (heart) Soul, which is all you need to know about these eleven tracks. Any fan of Crays music realizes he has always been more of a rootsy R&B singer/songwriter influenced by the great O.V. Wright than a straight ahead blues guy, making this no major departure. Even as far back as 1990s Midnight Stroll he was working with the Memphis Horns, so this pilgrimage to Royal Studios to record in the home of the music that has inspired him is something of a logical stop on his thirty-plus year career arc.



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