SNYDER FAMILY BAND, “Wherever I Wander,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks
Mountain Home Music describes the Snyder Family Band’s sound as “Allman Brothers Band meets Stephane Grappelli meets Doc Watson.”
In other words, it’s not Bill Monroe‘s bluegrass.
Their sound is a blend of bluegrass, southern rock, blues, Texas swing and newgrass, primarily done with acoustic instruments, although an electric guitar does show up on a couple of songs on their debut Mountain Home album — “Wherever I Wander.”
This is a band on the move.
Samantha Snyder, the band’s principal songwriter and vocalist as well as its fiddle player, is 16.
Her brother, Zeb, the guitarist and mandolin player, is 19.
Their father, Bud, plays bass for the family band.
Samantha wrote five songs. Zeb wrote three.
And there are covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Swamp Music,” Dickey Betts‘ “Highway Call” and the 1918 jazz standard “After You’ve Gone.”
There are five instrumentals to showcase the trio’s picking and seven songs to showcase their vocal chops.
Samantha Snyder’s songs have an old sound to them.
Songs like the uptempo gospel title track, “A Whaler’s Song,” and “The Keeper,” a rare modern song about a lighthouse keeper.
Good album by a good band that should be going places.
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