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Thu March 29, 2012

Larry McCray | BackStage Pass

The soulful blues guitar powerhouse from Saginaw comes to BackStage Pass.
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Larry McCray is widely known in Michigan and beyond for his major role in keeping the genre of blues alive.  However, McCray doesn't even consider his band a blues band.  "It's a whole different place," he says. "If you can't step outside the lines and put any of your own influence, then there's not really much of a future left for musicians."

Stepping outside the lines seems to be what McCray does best.  His astounding guitar playing makes it clear that he has mastered the blues, but McCray imparts his music with his own unique stamp.  His soulful vocals along with his rock and R&B influences give him a musical style that is completely his own.

Songs like "Blues is My Business" showcase McCray's incredible technical guitar skills, while other numbers like "Soul Shine" put McCray's warm singing voice front and center.  But no matter what the song, McCray's own unique style of blues is evident.

Larry McCray has been a professional recording artist for over 20 years and has achieved many impressive accolades over his career.  He has released six studio albums, the most recent two were released by McCray's own record label, Magnolia Records.  McCray's music has received rave reviews from critics and fans in the U.S. as well as Europe.  McCray received the prestige title of Orville Gibson Male Blues Guitarist in the year 2000, beating out seven other nominees including Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

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