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Dave "Snaker" Ray
Dave "Snaker" Ray plays six and twelve string guitars, knocking out the house-rocking boogies, up-beat rags, funky New Orleans rhythms and down-home country blues that have kept him in demand for nearly forty years. Dave Ray, with his partners "Spider" John Koerner and Tony "Little Sun" Glover, formed the legendary trio of Koerner, Ray and Glover in the early 1960ís where they were a driving force in the folk music revival. This influential trio recorded five albums for Elektra that featured an intriguing mix of string-band, ragtime and country blues. Their rowdy enthusiasm and musical talent breathed new life into the traditional material they were performing.

During the Seventies and Eighties, Ray occasionally reunited with Koerner and Glover for special shows and recordings. The Minnesota Music Academy named them "Best Folk Group" and elected them to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, along with Prince and Bob Dylan. Ray & Glover have maintained an active performing partnership over the years with a steady Thursday night show at the Times Bar & Grill in Minneapolis that is in its eighth year. Dave Ray has come back into the spotlight recently with the reissue of the landmark Koerner, Ray & Glover album "Blues, Rag & Hollers." The trio also reunited in 1996 for their first recording in thirty-five years with the critically acclaimed "One Foot In The Groove." Daveís newest solo album is called "Snake Eyes," released in 1998 on Tim/Kerr Records. He also has a new web page located at http://www.jdray.com/. Dave is playing Friday night at the Fitgers Brewhouse.

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