Building Bridges

Snyder Family Band - Building Bridges CD

Snyder Family Band: Building Bridges


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Building Bridges, a captivating collection of twelve original songs, eleven of which were written by either Samantha or her brother, Zeb. The twelfth song, Old Timer, was co-written by Zeb with Terry Foust and Dicky Minor. Don't let their ages fool you. Put this album on your player, close your eyes and listen to some of the best instrumentation and vocals you'll hear anywhere in the acoustic world of music. 

Samantha and Zeb offer you a variety of sounds and styles in this latest offering performed with many different instruments in their repertoire. Samantha, influenced by Mark O'Connor and a strong faith in God  delivers beautiful instrumentals and inspiring original gospel creations. Zeb displays his full talents on Wayne Henderson & Gerald Anderson acoustic guitars, an Alvarez nylon string guitar, Gibson mandolin, Deering banjo and Wechter Scheerhorn dobro. Samantha plays both her vintage circa 1700's fiddle and her Jimmy Edmonds fiddle. They are joined by father Bud on upright bass and mother Laine rounding out the family harmonies for the group.

Samantha’s Original Songs:
Top Hat; Listen To His Word; Shadowy World; Trim Castle & Kneel Down and Pray.

Zeb’s Original Songs:
Reed’s Overture; Blue Bottle Blues; Folkston; Smoky Mountain Railway & Blockade Runner.

Zeb & Samantha’s Original Song:
Open Up This Heart of Mine

"Traditional music  is always changing, like a mighty river being filled with water from many sources. It has been that way since the beginning. It is fed by innovation. It is never still. That musical change is usually driven by the young players. They have studied the masters, learned the techniques and naturally reach out to find new ways to express themselves and their generation. Samantha and Zeb Snyder are two of the finest young traditionally based musicians anywhere. Wise beyond their years, they bring new energy and ideas  to the music.  They are willing to bend traditions but not break them. The Snyders are musical bridge builders, linking the old with the new. You can hear yesterday in their music and get a glimpse of a bright tomorrow." 

David Holt
Southern Appalachian Mountains musician and storyteller

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