Snyder Family Band - Comin' On Strong

SNYDER FAMILY BAND
COMIN’ ON STRONG
Mountain Roads
MMR 1009

The Snyder Family Band is Bud Snyder (father) on bass, 10yearold Samantha on fiddle, and 14 yea rold Zeb on guitar. Zeb plays banjo on Samantha’s original song, “The Great Civil War.” Samantha also wrote the gospel tune “What Will You Say.” Bud’s wife, Laine, sings harmony vocals on some cuts. Samantha’s fiddling and Zeb’s guitar playing both have a progressive feel with lots of swing. Both demonstrate complete command of their instruments and play fluidly. Samantha sings lead very well for someone so young, but the harmonies are stronger than her solos. “Heaven’s Bright Shore” and Tim May’s “King Of Babylon” both have lovely harmony singing.

The CD opens with the traditional Texas fiddle tune, “Cattle In The Cane,” followed by Charlie Bowman’s “East Tennessee Blues.” Samantha’s fiddle and Zeb’s guitar are also featured on “Faded Love,” “Red Haired Boy,” “Star Of The County Down,” and “Bill Cheatham.” Zeb really shines on “Steel Guitar Rag.”

Samantha and Zeb already display lots of talent. Based on this very promising second recording, the bluegrass community can look forward to lots of great entertainment from these young virtuosos. (Mountain Roads Recordings, 3192 Highway 421, Bristol, TN 37620, www.mountainroadsrecordings.com.) SAG