The Snyder Family: Media Love
On the fiddle, Samantha is deft, as is Zeb, playing flat-picked guitar. Their style is traditional, with moments of aesthetic nerve, and quick sojourns into Western swing or Southern rock. The siblings share vocal duties, but Samantha is the most striking, using her sweet, lithe voice to sing in dulcet fashion about life on the ocean or life on the highways or other topics beyond her years.
It has probably been since the early days of Nickel Creek that we saw such young prodigies in our midst. 19 year old Zeb, and 16 year old Samantha Snyder, are already in the top percentile of bluegrass pickers, and sure to rise even further as they continue to grow and mature.
Most impressive of the early acts on Saturday was the Snyder Family Band, from Lexington N.C., who came across like a young Nickel Creek. Returning for their third consecutive MerleFest, they showed impeccable musicianship not just for their young age, but for any age.
HOT! That will be your first reaction to the music of the Snyder Family Band. … I don’t think there’s a section of bins in the Ernest Tubb Record Shop for this CD. They need to make a new one labeled “RRGM” and stick it there. You’re missing an experience if you don’t listen to this one.