Larry McCray rockets his blues to No. 1 on the Hot Top 5 Chart

The Saginaw blues guitarist performed in Listening Room on Tuesday, the same week Local Spins revealed his latest album reached No. 1 at WYCE. See what other albums made the chart; listen to tracks on Local Spins.

“A Long Time Coming”: praise for guitarist Larry McCray, who performed in Listening Room on Tuesday. (Photo/Chelsea Whitaker)


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When revered blues guitarist Larry McCray took the stage at the Grand Rapids Listening Room on Tuesday night, he did so as a Michigan artist with the No. 1 album on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 chart.

Touring behind his acclaimed new album, ‘Blues Without You’, McCray and his ultra-talented band proved their musical talent in an intimate setting, backed by fans and radio listeners who appreciate and savor the new collection of songs. co-produced by fellow acclaimed guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

McCray told Local Spins on Tuesday that he’s absolutely thrilled that things in his career “are happening now that have never happened before, and that’s great. I just hope the gratification of the full package comes with it.

Indeed, the Saginaw-based guitarist has mounted an ambitious tour that criss-crosses the Midwest and East Coast in May, before heading to Germany in early June.

“It’s been a long time coming,” McCray, 62, said of receiving recognition for her latest album and career accomplishments.

“Blues Without You” soared to No. 1 on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 chart in April, representing the most-played local or regional album on radio. WYCE (88.1FM) in Grand Rapids.

Interestingly, two other blues-tinged releases came in just behind McCray on the charts: Albion’s Young Guitarist by Jake Kershaw last eponymous album and native of Cadillac/singer-guitarist Luke Winslow King “If These Walls Could Talk” (with tracks playing on radio, but with its official release later this week).

Kershaw and Winslow-King will perform as part of Local Spins’ 10th anniversary celebration in mid-May. Winslow-King performs Listening Room with guitarist Roberto Luti on May 16 with Ralston Bowles and Justin Wierenga opening (tickets available at; Kershaw is playing Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill on May 20, with Hank Mowery and the Hawktones opening (tickets available online here).

At No. 4 on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 chart for April was the Detroit soul outfit Laura Rain and the Caesars “Rise Again”, with The Accidentals’ “Time Out Session #2” at #5. Accidentals will help celebrate Local Spins’ anniversary by featuring Local Spins Fest at Studio Park plaza in downtown Grand Rapids on May 21. The one-day event will also include sets of DJ SuperDre, Cabildo, Hannah Rose Graves, Full Cord and Public access (wsg Emilee Petersmark of The Crane Wives). Get tickets, only $20, for the Local Spins Fest online here.

April’s chart reflects a whole new set of Hot Top 5 albums after Greensky Bluegrass’ “Stress Dreams” spent three consecutive months at No. 1. See previous Hot Top 5 charts here.

And there’s still time to donate to WYCE’s Spring Fundraiser. Support community radio online here.

PHOTO GALLERY: Larry McCray in the Listening Room
Pictures of Chelsea Whitaker


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