A Conversation with Robert Cray (continued)
PM: I read a lot of reviews in the press kit. It's funny to see the big deal the press made out you playing the electric sitar.
RC: Yeah, I know, it's funny, isn't it?
PM: It's just a plank with a buzz bridge and a pickup, right?
RC: Exactly. Well, you know where they want to go with that. I mean, the thing is, it's like, "Oh, here's this guy who plays blues guitar. What is he doing with a sitar?"
RC: So that's why there's a big buzz about it.
PM: No pun intended.
RC: [laughs] Yeah.
PM: Besides the six string, are there other axes you like playing around the house? Are you a nylon string guy or a ukulele guy?
RC: I have a nylon string guitar, but I don't pick it up that much. But I do play acoustic guitar around the house.
PM: Not banjo, mando, any of that stuff?
RC: No, no. Unfortunately.
PM: Well, hey, we're not dead yet.
How about "Back Door Slam," one of the Bonnie and Kevin [Hayes] tunes, did radio pick up on that?
RC: That was the first track that was released as a single. And so it got some play, but it didn't hang on there that long.
PM: Did they push a second one out there?
RC: "Up in the Sky" is being pushed.
PM: Oh, wow.
RC: And that's to come out fairly soon, actually.
PM: Yeah, speaking of electric sitar.
Oh, is your electric sitar a Jerry Jones or a