Larry McCray is one of a handful of talented young blues performers leading the genre across boundaries and into the new century. McCray’s savage blues-rock guitar and warm, soulful vocals have drawn attention worldwide.
McCray, the second youngest of nine siblings, grew up living on a farm. He learned guitar from his sister, Clara. “She used to play real low-down and dirty”, McCray recalled years later. His family moved to Saginaw, Michigan in 1972, and McCray took the influence of his siblings, and as such the three Kings (B.B., Freddie, and Albert), and started playing the local club circuit with his brothers Carl on bass and Steve on drums.
After high school, McCray worked on General Motors’ assembly line. His hard work paid off when he became the first artist signed by Virgin Records’ blues division – Pointblank Records. In 1990, they released his debut, “Ambition,” which was well received by the U.S. and European press. He was soon touring with his label-mate, Albert Collins. His 1993 follow-up, Delta Hurricane, was produced by the veteran British blues devotee, Mike Vernon.
McCray sights a career highlight as being honored as the Orville Gibson 2000 Male Blues Guitarist of the Year. “Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, like seven or eight other people were nominated, as well” stated McCray.
Currently McCray keeps busy on the road trying to find the time to write new music.
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