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SNYDER FAMILY BAND, “The Life We Know,” Mountain Home, 10 tracks

March 6, 2017

The Lexington, North Carolina-based Snyder Family Band is gaining a lot of attention in bluegrass circles these days.

And rightly so.

But it’s a small band.

Bud Snyder, the father, plays bass.

Siblings Samantha and Zeb play fiddle and guitar respectively.

And they come together with a wide range of influences — jazz, blues, Southern rock, Irish, swing, old-time and newgrass.

You’ll find a little bit of all that in their latest album, “The Life We Know.”

It’s more an acoustic musical stew rather than simply bluegrass.

The album kicks off with Lyle Lovette‘s “Cowboy Man” and ends with Samantha Snyder’s “American Prayer.”

She wrote five of the songs on the album.

Brother Zeb wrote the two instrumentals — “Clouds Over Texas” and “Who’s Mallory.”

Samantha’s songs include “Far Away,” “The Rain” and three gospel songs — “The Mystery,” “The King” and “American Prayer.”

The only songs the Snyders didn’t write were Lovette’s “Cowboy Man,” Toy Caldwell‘s “Blue Ridge Mountain Sky” and Jerry Reed‘s “Breakin’ Loose.”

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SNYDER FAMILY BAND, “Wherever I Wander,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks

March 16, 2015

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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