The Michigan Daily - Friday, June 1, 1984 - Paae 9
Crayfish crawls into Ann Arbor
By Joseph Kraus
O YOU say "soda" or "pop"?
How do you pronounce 'often', like
"off-ten" or like "off-uhn"?
And when you see those little lobster-
like creatures running back and forth,
do you call them "crawfish" or
Well, despite any protests from you
East Coasters, the correct answers to
S those first two, as per the verbally elite
Midwest/Westerners, are "pop" and
"off-uhn". But that last one is a toughy.
Those of us whose linguistic roots run
deep into the soil of the heartland would
be most tempted to say "craw..." and
leave it at that. (And you Bostoners
would probably say "black lahbstuh,"
so you don't count.)
But there is good authority for
saying "Cray" - authority along the
lines of John Belushi, Muddy Waters
and Nick Lowe - for saying Robert
Robert Cray and his band are part of
the new generation of blues players who
are feeding into and perpetuating the
blues form today.
At 30 years old, Cray already has a
bushelful of accolades under the strap
of his stratocaster. He's been described
as one of the top talents of his
generation, and his latest album, Bad
O Influence, has been hailed as being on
John Belushi's wife says anyone
reading Bob Woodward's book about
the late comic actor would wonder
"why I stayed with him or why anyone
would want to be around him."
Judith Jacklin Belushi, 33, said from
her home in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.,
that she now regrets having asked
Woodward to write the recently
published Wired: The Short Life and
Fast Times of John Belushi.
The book is "unfair and inaccurate"
and "sacrifices" Belushi's dignity by
" concentrating too heavily on his ap-
petite for drugs, she said.
"To me the biggest lie is that it
claims to be a portrait of John but it's
not. It's only about drugs. As I look over
my life with him, I had many more fine
times than bad times."
the verge of breaking into pre-legend
The man's biggest claim to fame, his
link to that gold-record world of pop
culture if you will, is that he is infor-
mally known as "the father of the Blues
He is not father to the turquoise-
tinged Jake and Elwood in the sense of
having raised them, but he is the one
who taught Belushi and Ackroyd their
first pair of riffs.
Cray first met Belushi during filming
of Animal House, when Cray had been
hired to bring together a vintage band
for the picture. That initial project
culminated in Cray's creating Otis Day
and the Knights, for whom he played
Legend has it that Belushi was so im-
pressed with Cray that he began to take
lessons of sort from Cray and Curtis
Salgado, Cray band harmonica player,
and became inspired to form the Blues
Brothers. The rest of course is history.
But even within more established
lines of musicdom, Cray has had con-
siderable success. He has opened for or
appeared with many of the finest
musicians of this generation and the
last, including Muddy Waters, Nick
Lowe, George Thorogood and the
Cray brings his latest band, featuring
Richard Cousins on bass, Dave Olson on
drums and Peter Boe on keyboards, to
Ann Arbor tomorrow to do it up on the
still shiny stage of the new Blind Pig
Robert Cray, the "father of the Blues
gig on Saturday.
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