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Friday, December 5, 2014

DAVE RAY (Koerner, Ray & Glover) "Legacy" this SUN, 12/07 on NPR Weekend Edition

The late songwriter and guitarist's legacy remembered this Sunday, December 7 
on NPR Weekend Edition, click here for regional air times
LEGACY,  a deluxe 3-CD package with 32-page booklet, is out now on Red House Records
A collection of rare and unreleased recordings from 1962 - 2002 from an American Blues Master 
“Hopefully this collection does what it set out to do; illustrate just what an amazingly gifted musician and vocalist Dave was, and how wide he rode through the musical spheres.” - Tony Glover (Koerner, Ray & Glover)

December 5, 2014:  One of the first white artists to study and learn the then little-known blues tunes from the 20s, 30s and 40s and part of the Minneapolis folk and blues revival that spawned Bob Dylan, Dave "Snaker" Ray brought an enthusiasm and raw, raunchy earthiness to his performance style which set the stage for artists that followed. Koerner, Ray & Glover’s recordings were enormously influential among their fellow musicians, with artists from David Bowie and John Lennon to Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and Beck citing them as an influence. Ray's career, celebrated on Legacy, a three-CD collection of rare and unreleased songs by the influential acoustic bluesman painstakingly compiled by Ray’s longtime bandmate/collaborator Tony Glover, will be featured on NPR WEEKEND EDITION this Sunday, December 7.  The piece will also be archived online at
NPR's Jim Bickel speaks to Tony Glover about Legacy, a 10-year-in the-making tribute to his friend and former bandmate. The 55-song collection features a 32-page booklet with rare photos and extensive liner notes and additional info by Glover. Legacy spans Ray's career, starting in the 1960s in Minneapolis, MN’s West Bank neighborhood with “Spider” John Koerner and Tony Glover  through his subsequent collaborations, solo albums and untimely death on Thanksgiving, 2002. 
To me he was a brother from another family – the family of sound. He brought a vitality to the blues that the scholars who’d been on the scene couldn’t muster,” Glover says.  
Along with live recordings and rarities, Legacy includes selections from out-of-print recordings including Ashes in My Whiskey (Rough Trade) and One Foot in the Groove (Tim /Kerr Records).  Unless noted, the tracks on Legacy are previously unreleased and include performances taken from a wide variety of mediums including reel-to-reel analog tapes, old sound board mix cassettes and live broadcasts. 
“Since Dave was doing Lead Belly and I was working on my Sonny Terry riffs, people thought it would be a good idea to put us together,” Glover recalls. “We both had very similar tastes in blues, preferring the deep, down-home raw numbers. After the initial learning-by-rote process we made a point of going for the feel of a song, trying to capture its aura rather than doing a note-by-note cover.” It was a musical partnership that ended up lasting four decades.
Since the album's release, the Twin Cities declared November 9 to be Dave Ray Day; that evening, friends and fellow musicians attended a sold-out tribute concert at the Minnesota History Center which included a display of Ray's memorabilia, hand-written lyrics and two of his guitars. The City of St. Paul held a street-naming ceremony on November 24 dedicating a stretch of Franklin Avenue as Dave Ray Avenue.
"Nobody has topped them for feel or drive or humor or sheer affection for their folk-blues forebears like Leadbelly and Memphis Minnie - four stars." - Rolling Stone
"As a trio, Koerner, Ray and Glover brought a raucous, highly rhythmic approach to the acoustic blues that effectively captured the essence of their forbears." - Playboy
"The instrumental work on here is just plain awesome...and really puts up a case for them being reclassified from upstart revivalists onto American roots music greats." - Folk Roots (U.K.)
Dave Ray
Legacy: Rare and unreleased recordings 1962 - 2002 from an American Blues Master  (2014) 
Koerner, Ray & Glover 
Blues, Rags, and Hollers (re-issue of the classic 1963 release with four bonus tracks) 
Lots More Blues, Rags, and Hollers (re-issue of the 1964 classic) 
The Return of Koerner, Ray & Glover (re-issue of the 1965 classic)

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