Koerner, Ray & Glover
|Tags:||folk blues bluegrass folk blues guitar american harmonica minneapolis work songs|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
This US trio, who were a pivotal influence on the Beatles, among many others, were among the first to authenticate the notion that white men can play the blues. Tony Little Sun Glover, Dave Ray (17 August 1943, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, d. 28 November 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) and Spider John Koerner (b. 31 August 1938, Rochester, New York, USA) first began to play together in the early 60s. Koerner had previously been a contemporary of Bob Dylan at the University of Minnesota. By the time he linked up with Ray and Glover, he had perfected a unique take on country blues, employing a customized seven-string guitar and rack harmonica while writing new blues songs rather than relying on standards. The trio released their first album for Audiophile Records in 1963, which eventually brought them to the attention of Elektra Records. They reissued the album (minus four tracks on the original to ensure a better pressing...