Spider John Koerner was born August 31, 1938, in Rochester, N.Y. At the age of 15, he was one of the youngest to ever get a student glider pilot license. He enrolled in 1956 at the University of Minnesota as an engineering student, but in early 1958, he became a student of the burgeoning folk scene. With a borrowed guitar and a Burl Ives song book, he began a journey which helped shape the course of American country blues and folk music.
For over 40 years, John Koerner has explored the ranges of traditional American song, as a solo artist and with a variety of partners. All of his 1960’s recordings are reissued on CD: “Blues, Rags and Hollers;” :Lots More Blues Rags and Hollers;” and “The Return of Koerner, Ray & Glover,” (cornerstones of the blues revivalist era, recorded with Dave Ray and Tony Glover), and “Running, Jumping, Standing Still,” (a blend of jug band, psychedelic R&B and folk-blues, with (Willie Murphy).
Two 1970s albums recorded on Dave Ray's Sweet Jane label, “Music Is Just A Bunch Of Notes” and “Some American Folk Songs Like They Used To” are now collector's items