Review from Living Blues · The Magazine of the African-American Blues Tradition
July/August 1998 · Number # 140 · Vol. 29, No. 4

Dave Ray · Snake Eyes
  • (Tim/Kerr TK 172-2)

In the mid-’60s, Dave “Snaker” Ray was part of Koerner, Ray, and Glover, a group that predated Jorma Kaukonen’s Hot Tuna as revival masters of the sinuous and erotic music that has come to be called East Coast blues. This recently recorded set applies Ray’s seamless 12-string playing and smooth vocals to a set of standards from sources as diverse as Eddie Vinson (Person-To-Person), Muddy Waters (Blow Wind Blow), and Mercy Dee Walton (One Room Country Shack). Longtime fans will find Ray’s fire still burning brightly on an outstanding set.-PRA