Larry McCray "Blues Without You" Album
Critically acclaimed American blues guitarist Larry McCray releases his highly anticipated new album “Blues Without You.”, Eager to demonstrate his position as a legend, McCray reemerges with his first album in seven years, produced by blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, on Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Records.
Rust belt blues guitarist and singer Larry McCray was born in 1960 in Magnolia, Ark., as one of nine siblings. 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 the local circuit, and by the late ’80s, he had attracted the attention of the head of Virgin Records’ blues label, who signed Larry as Point Blank Records’ inaugural artist. His debut 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 Delta Hurricane (1993), Meet Me at the Lake (1996) and Born to Play the Blues (1998). In 2000, Larry started his own label, Magnolia Records, releasing Believe It (2000), Blues Is My Business (2001), Live on Interstate 75 (2006), Larry McCray (2007) and The Gibson Sessions (2015).
Throughout those years, Larry played with such blues greats as BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmie Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Joe Bonamassa, as well as rock legends the Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh, Jonny Lang, Joe Walsh, Levon Helm, Chris Robinson, Dickie Betts, and countless others.
Blues Without You, Larry’s latest, a 12-track release, was recorded on Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive record label.