NISSWA -- Dave "Snaker" Ray, a self-described "blues survivor," has never strayed too far from his roots.
In the face of countless musical trends, Ray remains grounded in traditional, folksy blues that got him started four decades ago.
"To enhance that tradition, Ray has shed his skin a number of times to sidewind his way down the blues highway," said a spokesman for the Grassroots Concerts series, which hosts Ray's area appearance next week.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. March 1 in the Nisswa Community Center. Tickets, available at the gate only, are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m.
Along with his 12-string guitar and a smoky voice, "Ray will bring a relaxed and straightforward sense of humor to accent the show," the spokesman said. "He has a lot of stories and can pick from an array of tunes excavated from rare and treasured archives."
Best remembered for his association with the Koerner, Ray and Glover trio, Ray is expected to draw from the group's list of classic songs, first heard on the University of Minnesota's West Bank in the late 1960s.
"Ray will also draw upon the variety of melodies that have given him a successful solo career," the spokesman said. "He can tap the reservoir of faithful blues tunes that have been left dormant, dusting off obscure classics for a rebirth," including tunes by Peg Leg Howell, Muddy Waters, Eddie Vinson and others.
"Few personalities contribute such patient exploration devoted to not only preservation but also evolution, shaping the tapestry of the blues tradition," the spokesman said.
The Grassroots Concerts season will continue March 15 with Bob Bovee and Gail Heil. For more information, call 963-2976 or 746-3930.
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