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.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
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