Larry Mccray


Video Premiere: Larry McCray “No More Crying”

Rustbelt blues guitarist and singer Larry McCray has been connecting with the blues for nearly 50 years. Born in 1960 and raised on a farm in Magnolia, Ark., 12 miles from the Louisiana state line, McCray honed his skills by adding rock riffs to the traditional blues he had grown to love. In the late ’80s, while he was playing a local circuit and working at a factory, McCray garnered the attention of the head of Virgin Records’ blues label – who signed him as Point Blank Records’ inaugural artist.
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Larry McCray: “When I saw Gary Moore’s live show and heard the sound that he was getting, I was like, ‘Man, I’ve got to come up with something a bit more powerful’”

The resurgent bluesman discusses the making of his new record, his love of the Flying V and how, despite his concerns, he had the time of his life in the studio with Joe Bonamassa. Bluesman Larry McCray tells us how his career reignited after his music was played on Joe...
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WCBE Presents Larry McCray Live From Studio A Thurs. May 5, 2022 @ 2PM!

On March 25, 2022, Larry McCray released an album called Blues Without You, produced by Joe Bonamassa and John Smith. It combines 12 tracks that reflect his 30-year career. WCBE is looking forward to hosting the legendary blues musician Live From Studio A in advance of his show that night at Woodland's Tavern!

WATCH: Larry McCray, “Down to the Bottom” (feat. Warren Haynes)

Song: “Down to the Bottom” (feat. Warren Haynes) Album: Blues Without You (produced by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith) In Their Words: “Albert King, Albert Collins and B.B. King really had the most influence on me because, in my mind, they were the greatest of their generation at playing the blues. And it took them their whole careers to achieve minor milestones in the business. So, if it took the greatest players their entire career to make it, who am I to complain about having to walk in their footsteps? I feel totally reborn, with a whole new career, and I’m optimistic about what the future holds. But truthfully speaking, sometimes I do wish it would have happened 30 years ago. I would have been much more qualified for the job at that age than at 62.

Larry McCray

McCray’s first new album for 7 years and he’s produced here by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith. The album features Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Joanna Connor, and Reese Wynans. The result is a big and brassy Blues album with a strong Mississippi Blues beat. He has all the...
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Larry McCray Announces His First Album in Seven Years, 'Blues Without You'

Blues guitar great Larry McCray has announced Blues Without You, his first new album in almost seven years. Set for a March 25 release via Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive Records, the album was produced by Bonamassa and fellow electric guitar ace Josh Smith, and also features guest appearances from Warren Haynes, Joanna Connor, and Reese Wynans.
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Blues veteran Larry McCray teams up with Joe Bonamassa for his first album in 7 years, Blues Without You

Larry McCray has announced his first album in seven years, Blues Without You, will be released on March 25 and has been produced by Joe Bonamassa. “Writing this album made me feel proud, as it allows others to see me as more than a blues musician,” says McCray. “The songs are reflective of my broad taste in music styles and the subject matter, although personal at times, is relatable to anyone’s life.”

Killer Blues: Larry McCray to fire up benefit concert for blues icons’ grave headstones

Saturday’s concert in Whitehall is the biggest yet for an unusual project that places tombstones on unmarked graves of America’s influential blues musicians. When West Michigan blues fan Steve Salter learned to his dismay that iconic blues pianist Otis Spann – who died in his 40s in 1970 – was buried in an unmarked grave, it sparked an unusual and tireless mission to commemorate influential musicians who often passed away impoverished and overlooked.

Larry McCray at the Playhouse at White Lake for Killer Blues Nov 27th

We go back a bit with Steven Salter, but let's catch you up a little. Personally, the big news for Steven Salter is that he was recently elected the Mayor of Whitehall! Quite an honor to say the very least, but he's also very quick to point out that while he's the Whitehall Mayor, the job is really about the White Lake Area which includes Montague as well and the two adjoining cities work together pretty well, thank you. The Killer Blues Project began in 1995 as he helped a music distributor, which turned into a gig selling at festivals and preserving the incredible history of this legendary art. As Steven branched off on his own, his particular calling was to stick to the blues and as he traveled to pay respects to the artists who drove his passion for music, he found that their graves were often not marked. Sadly, the old days of music and entertainment didn't afford the performers the life they have now, and when Steven saw the need, he got to work. To date, according to his website 134 markers have been placed all over the country in memorial of the musicians that gave birth to pretty much all the music we hear today.


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