Robert Cray Included Out of Tune Part On Latest Album

(The Blues) Robert Cray has hailed a decision by producer Steve Jordan to stick with an out-of-tune recording on latest album In My Soul. Hip Tight Onions is the first instrumental piece Cray's ever recorded, and it was also the first number the band laid down during sessions.

It was only afterwards he realised his guitar had drifted badly out of tune - but Jordan insisted there was no going back. Cray tells MusicRadar: "Steve came into the room and conducted us. He was dancing to the groove of it. I didn't have my headphone mix turned up and I could just about hear the amp enough to play.

"We were playing for around 15 minutes and Steve said, 'We're going to cut it right away.' I couldn't hear the guitar was way out of tune." He remained in the dark until Jordan played back what had been tracked. "I was like, 'Wow, what happened to the guitar?'" he recalls. "Steve said, 'Man, that was just happening. If we have to go back and cut it, get the guitar back in tune. But I don't think we're going to get the same kind of performance you just got.'" more on this story

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