Robert Cray returns to the Modesto region with a show Wednesday at the State Theatre.
Cray's newest album, "This Time," is nominated for a 2010 Grammy for best contemporary blues album. The 56-year-old singer/songwriter has been playing the blues since he began rocking Eugene, Ore., clubs in the 1970s. Uncredited, he played the bassist of the frat party band Otis Day and the Knights in the 1978 movie "National Lampoon's Animal House."
Cray's most well-known albums are 1986's "Strong Persuader" and 1988's "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Since then, he has mixed numerous influences, from rock, soul, jazz, gospel and even Caribbean. Cray tours the world and has opened for the likes of Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.