“Nobody has topped (Koerner, Ray & Glover) for feel or drive or humor or sheer affection for their folk-blues forebears like Leadbelly and Memphis Minnie. ****” - Folk Roots (UK)
Long in the making, this comprehensive 3-CD retrospective celebrates the 4-decade legacy of the late Dave “Snaker” Ray, one of the great, unsung artists of the American blues revival and an acknowledged influence on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Doors, Bonnie Raitt, Beck and David Bowie. One of the first white artists to study and learn the then little-known blues tunes from the 20s, 30s and 40s, Ray brought an enthusiasm and raw, raunchy earthiness to his performance style which set the stage for artists that followed. Produced, compiled and annotated by his career-long colleague, Tony Glover, it features 55 amazing tracks of mostly unreleased or long out-of-print recordings and a 32-page booklet spanning his early days with the folk blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover to mid-career collaborations and solo work, to his valiant last days at the peak of his artistic powers producing his finest work while fighting terminal cancer. Legacy is a monumental testament to an important but all-too-often overlooked American Master. A great gift for the blues and roots music aficianado!