Five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray today released "In My Soul," an album of classic soul storytelling that does not stray from his signature slicing-guitar leads.

"When I think of Robert Cray, I think of a great singer," said Steve Jordan, who produced the album. "Most people gravitate to his guitar playing because he's such a gunslinger, but I don't. He's got so much soul it's ridiculous."

The 10-song album, distributed by Provogue records, blends funky originals with surprising covers. A bonus track, "Pillow," is included on the limited edition CD.

The first single, "You Move Me," is classic Cray.

The bulk of "In My Soul" is made up of original material, with a few covers, including Otis Redding's "Nobody's Fault But Mine," "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" and "Deep in My Soul" by the late Bobby "Blue" Bland.

"I didn't want to change it, Cray said of "Deep In My Soul," "just do it pretty straight up as a tribute to Bobby, who was one of my real heroes."

A Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Cray has sold more than 12 million records and has his own line of Fender guitars.

This year marks the 40th year since the formation of the Robert Cray Band, which includes Cray (vocals/guitar), longtime bassist Richard Cousins, Dover Weinberg (piano/keyboard) and Les Falconer (drums).

The Robert Cray Band starts a tour Thursday, with stops in the U.S. and Europe -- but no Michigan dates.

Robert Cray Band Tour in U.S.
April 3 -- Savannah, Ga., Savannah Music Festival
April 4 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
April 5 -- Biloxi, Miss., IP Casino Resort & Spa
April 7 -- Nashville, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
April 8 -- Knoxville, Tenn., Bijou Theatre
April 9 -- Atlanta, Variety Playhouse
April 11 -- Fort Worth, Texas, Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
April 13 -- San Antonio, Aztec Theatre
April 15 -- Austin, Texas, One World Theatre
April 17 -- Scottsdale, Ariz., Talking Stick Resort & Casino
April 18 -- Las Vegas, Cannery Casino & Hotel's The Club
April 19 -- Sparks, Nev., Celebrity Showroom at John