Guy and Cray have shared the stage before on many occasions but this is the first time they’ve joined for an extensive tour.

Cray recalls first coming to see Guy perform in Eugene, Ore. in the late ‘70s. Cray and his band eagerly awaited the arrival of their hero in the club parking lot but were so awestruck when Guy and band stepped out of their van that they stood speechless as they past them into the club.

At the end of the show, Cray approached Guy with the line, “You’re almost good enough to be in my band” – which started their relationship off with a good laugh.

Soon after, Cray was sitting in on rhythm guitar for some of Guy’s shows in the Northwest.

Since those early meetings, the two have come together on occasion at festivals and concerts all over the world – including some milestone events.

They have both been featured performers during Eric Clapton‘s legendary Royal Albert Hall concerts.

They also jammed together at Alpine Valley along with Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan just minutes before Stevie’s fateful accident.

Most recently, the two shared the stage, again with Eric Clapton at Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas this June.

Backed by Jimmie Vaughan and his Tilt A Whirl band and also joined by Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, the group of guitar legends treated the audience to a high-powered blues jam.

For Robert Cray the excitement of playing with Buddy Guy still hasn’t worn off. “It’s always a gas playing with Buddy,” said Cray, “he’s a powerhouse.”