Friday, August 29, 2008


Category Rock/Pop Albums, Rock CDs, Blues, Contemporary Blues, Enhanced CD
Orig Year 1983
Discs 1
Release Date Oct 25, 1990
Studio/Live Studio
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Producer Bruce Bromberg; Dennis Walker
Engineer Bill Dashiell
Personnel Philip Walker, David Ii

Track listing

1. Phone Booth (3:32)
2. Bad Influence (2:56)
3. Grinder (4:09)
4. To Make A Comeback (5:52)
5. So Many Woman, So Little Time (4:01)
6. Where Do I Go From Here (4:03)
7. Waiting For The Tide To Turn (3:31)
8. March On (2:25)
9. Don't Touch Me (3:25)
10. No Big Deal (4:14)

Bonus Tracks

1. Got Loaded (3:37)
2. Share What You've Got, Keep What You Need (3:50)

Bad Influence is a 1983 blues album by the blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Cray. Released with Hightone Records, this was the album thought to have put Cray on the map, prior to his explosion into the mainstream with Strong Persuader in 1986.

It was his second release, and contained two cover versions: Johnny Guitar Watson's "Don't Touch Me" and Eddie Floyd's "Got To Make A Comeback". The most well-known and memorable song off the album was probably the slow blues song, "Phone Booth". The album runs 41 minutes and 57 seconds.


Cray started playing guitar in his early teens. At Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. Originally, Robert Cray wanted to become an architect, but at about the same time he was going to study design in architecture he formed a local band "Steakface", described as "the best band from Lakewood you never heard of". Cray on guitar and vocals contributed greatly to Steakface's set list of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fleetwood Mac, The Grease Band, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull, Spirit and The Faces.

By the time he was twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters in concert, and decided to form his own band. His band started playing college towns on the West Coast. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. His third album release, Strong Persuader, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single "Smokin' Gun" gave him wider appeal and name recognition. By now, Cray was an opening act for major stars, such as Eric Clapton (who remains a friend to this day), and sold out larger venues as a solo artist. By the early 1990s his name was immediately associated with his soothing, soulful voice, crisp, clean guitar work, and innovative modern blues sound.[citation needed] Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and there are two signature model Robert Cray Stratocasters available from Fender. The Robert Cray Custom Shop Stratocaster is made in the U.S. in the Fender Custom Shop and is identical to the guitars that Cray currently plays, while the Robert Cray Standard Stratocaster is a less expensive version made in Fender's Ensenada, Mexico plant.

Cray also had the opportunity to play alongside John Lee Hooker, on his album Boom Boom. Cray plays the guitar solo in the song "Same Old Blues Again". He is also featured on the critically acclaimed album, The Healer, another recording from John Lee Hooker. Cray plays a guitar solo on the song "Baby Lee".

Cray was invited to play at the "Guitar Legends" concerts in Seville, Spain at the Expo in 1992, where amongst others, he played a signature track "Phone Booth", wowing the audience. Also on the bill on this blues night of the "Legends" gigs was Albert Collins

Cray continues to record and tour. He appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and supported 'Slowhand' on his 2006-2007 world tour.

He also appeared on a 2007 tour with Eric Clapton. In Fargo, North Dakota, he joined Clapton as backup guitar for the Cream song "Crossroads."

Also, in the film Animal House, Cray plays the uncredited bassist in Otis Day and the Knights.

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