Henry Gray, born in Louisiana in 1925, pulled a stretch in World War II and then migrated to Chicago, which was where Howlin' Wolf found him. Gray had been honing his piano chops for years in a variety of barrelhouse and back-room settings throughout the South, but it was Chicago that whipped him into a professional. In 1956 Gray joined Wolf's regular band, playing piano for the venerable bluesman until 1968. During that sojourn Gray contributed to recordings by several other artists on the Chess label, pulling time with Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers and Muddy Waters, among others. In the years since, he's performed and recorded with such luminaries as B.B. King, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal... More >>>
His kind of town: Windy City native Henry Gray Plays Chicago Blues on his latest.