Traditional music is always changing like a mighty river fed by water from many sources. The change is constant and fed by innovation. Often stirring up the waters are young players like Samantha and Zeb of The Snyder Family Band.
The startlingly gifted siblings caught the attention of the acoustic music world with the maturity and prowess they showed on New Primitive, a recent solo project from nine-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and seven-time Grammy winner, Adam Steffey. Although the Snyder family has been a mainstay on the touring circuit and was no stranger to the Mountain Home Music Company family, it was the performances of Samantha and Zeb that made the band an obvious choice for the record label.
Wherever I Wander will be the Snyder Family Band’s first album on Mountain Home Music Company. The project is a journey through musical landscapes. From the muddy Delta with “Swamp Music,” over to Georgia with the jaw-dropping extended jam “The Peach Truck,” the collection winds through “New River Rapids,” across the nation with the sultry and emotional electric guitar in “Hittin’ the Highway,” and on to the rustic cabin of Bill Monroe with deep Bluegrass roots thriving on the title cut.
The Snyder Family Band is a sensational trio, made up of Zeb, Samantha and Bud Snyder, an unparalleled collaboration of brother, sister and father. They have studied the masters, learned the techniques and naturally reach out to find new means of expression that is rooted in tradition yet always innovative.
Transportive instrumentals provide a vehicle for the journey that is Wherever I Wander, while lyrical compositions provide the scenery. Samantha and Zeb Snyder are two of today’s finest young traditionally-based musicians. They are wise beyond their years and consistently bring new energy and ideas to the music, willing to bend tradition without breaking it. Yesterday can be heard in their music as easily as they provide a glimpse of a bright tomorrow. Their sound could be described as Allman Brothers Band meets Stéphane Grappelli meets Doc Watson.
“We are really excited about having this powerful trio join the Mountain Home family. Everyone has just been blown away by what they are recording in the studio. I would say that it’s impressive to hear what they can do at their age but the truth is, it’s impressive at any age. These are extremely advanced players with great vocal power, excellent songwriting and truly interesting musical ideas.” ~ Ty Gilpin, Marketing Director, Mountain Home Music