Spider John Koerner
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)masterful blues musician $24.50 advance / $26.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
February 13 8:00 pm

Spider John KoernerSpider John Koerner has been around for a while.  His musical roots in folk and country blues go deep.  Bob Dylan writes about him in Chronicles: He “was tall and thin with a look of perpetual amusement on his face. We hit it off right away...When he spoke he was soft spoken, but when he sang he became a field holler shouter.  Koerner was an exciting singer, and we began playing a lot together.”  John has been exploring the vast range of traditional American song for more than half a century now.  His musical style is based in an abiding love for traditional folk songs, a lifetime of studying the music of the old blues masters, and a firm command of his source material.

In 1958, with a borrowed guitar and a Burl Ives songbook, he began a journey that helped shape the course of American country blues and folk.  “Alone among the young blues revivalists, Koerner had a sound that was completely idiosyncratic and personal...there was never any doubt about who was playing,” says the website Blueswire.  “Today the material has changed but the sound is intact . . . spare and funky, with lots of open spaces between oddly placed notes, all of it held together with his impeccable timing.” 

Enjoy a little bit of history and a whole lot of great music and amazing stories with Spider John Koerner at the Freight.

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