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KOERNER, 'Spider' John

(b 31 Aug. '38, Rochester NY) Folksinger, blues stomper, guitarist, also plays harmonica. Attended U of Minnesota, began as folksinger on West Coast, appeared at Newport Folk Festivals '64 (released on Vanguard, filmed as Festival), '65, '69. First specialized in blues, recorded in trio with Dave Ray and Tony Glover: Blues, Rags And Hollers, More Blues, Rags And Hollers, The Return Of Koerner, Ray and Glover '63-5, also solo Spider Blues '65, duo Running Jumping, Standing Still '69 with Willie Murphy, all on Elektra. With Ray and Glover on Live At St Olaf Festival on Mill; also Some American Folk Songs Like They Used To Be '74, solo set Music Is Just A Bunch Of Notes '72 on Sweet Jane. Came back once a decade with Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen '86, Stargeezer '96 on Red House, sounding not a day older; the latter featuring traditional American songs such as 'Danville Girl'. Koerner, Ray and Glover reunited on One Foot In The Groove '96 on Tim Kerr label, and none of them sounded older (but Ray d 28 Nov. 2002 of lung cancer, in Minneapolis).