EASTON — Two veteran performers in separate shows will bring music from their latest releases to the Avalon Theatre.

Robert Cray, the five-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist and singer, will perform Friday, Aug. 23. Josh Ritter, one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” (Paste Magazine), will play Monday, Aug. 26. Both shows are at 8 p.m.

In just over 40 years, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and bridges the lines between blues, soul and R&B, earning him five Grammy wins and more than 20 acclaimed albums.

In his latest project, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm,” the Blues Hall of Famer has collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Steve Jordan to make a soul album that American Songwriter says “plays to Cray’s established vocal and guitar strengths while injecting just enough grit and grease to spur him to new heights.”

Ritter, known for his Americana style and narrative lyrics, has a strong voice, keen wit and an evocative way with words that have built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene.

His latest album, “Fever Breaks,” is receiving a lot of acclaim. According to NPR, Ritter “tweaks and further reinvigorates a sound and songwriting approach that’s lost none of its vitality or urgency in 20 years. He remains a hydrant of ideas while embodying an endless capacity for empathy and indignation, often within a single song.”

Tickets are $60 for Cray and $40 for Ritter. They are available at the Avalon box office (410-822-7299) or online at www.avalontheatre.com.



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