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Spider John Koerner

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

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Read "Charlie Parr" reviewed by Doug Collette

Charlie Parr's latest album deserves its eponymous designation. After surviving and rehabbing in the wake of an injury so serious it threatened his musical career, the hardy bluesman decided to record some tracks previously-issued material alongside some newly-written songs. The resulting collection of eleven pieces simultaneously completes one circle and begins another. Jeff Mitchell's ...

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Label: Red House
Released: 1996


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