Koerner, Ray & Glover

Blues, Rags & Hollers/Lots More Blues, Rags & Hollers

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An unlikely trio of white blues players from Minneapolis, John Koerner, David Ray, and Tony Glover released Blues, Rags & Hollers on the independent Audiophile Records in 1963, and the album was quickly picked up by Elektra, which trimmed off a couple of tracks and re-released it that same year under the same title. Two more LPs followed on Elektra, Lots More Blues, Rags & Hollers in 1964 and The Return of Koerner, Ray & Glover in 1965. All three albums featured the trio in different combinations (solo, as duos, and occasionally all three together), delivering spirited, energetic, and incredibly sparse renditions of various folk-blues standards, usually accompanied by relentless foot stomping. Combining the two Hollers albums in one package makes perfect sense, and they fit seamlessly together. In retrospect, Koerner, Ray & Glover got it exactly right, approaching their traditional material with a perfect mixture of reverence and fun, resulting in a kind of front-porch acoustic blues that still sounds pretty fresh all these years later. One critic called Koerner, Ray & Glover a cross between the Kingston Trio and Sonny Boy Williamson, and the description seems apt, only these three guys didn't wear matching shirts on-stage.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:19 Amazon
2 2:45 Amazon
3 3:53 Amazon
4
2:32 Amazon
5 1:32 Amazon
6
2:55 Amazon
7 2:41 Amazon
8 1:40 Amazon
9 1:55 Amazon
10 4:07 Amazon
11 3:59 Amazon
12 2:58 Amazon
13 1:42 Amazon
14 1:27 Amazon
15 2:03 Amazon
16 1:54 Amazon
17 3:44 Amazon
18
2:12 Amazon
19 2:47 Amazon
20
2:44 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:12
2 3:07
3 1:02
4
5:02
5 3:43
6 2:00
7 4:33
8 3:54
9 1:51
10 3:50
11
2:25
12 1:36
13 5:07
14 2:24
15 3:25
16 2:08
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