January 13, 2017 – 6:00 pm

Music at the Frist: Ed Snodderly, original Southern songwriter and vocalist

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  • Original Southern vocalist Ed Snodderly

    (photo credit: Frank Zipperer)

  • Original Southern vocalist Ed Snodderly

    (photo credit: Frank Zipperer)

The Tennessee native looks a bit like Doc from Back to the Future with shorter hair and Buddy Holly glasses. His voice is the sonic equivalent of an old denim shirt, creased and worn and reassuring. While “folk” doesn’t quite capture Snodderly’s essence—he is more singer-songwriter steeped in country and bluegrass—he is nevertheless finely tuned to the eccentricities of traditional music. His writing style is unique. The songs are original, yet familiar. His guitar playing holds those ancestral rhythms. He makes primitive banjo and drums sound like the most obvious combination in the world. Whatever you want to call him—Alt-Country Singer? Old-Time Musician? Folkie?—Ed Snodderly is proof that Southern music, with all its old peculiarities, is alive and kicking. Several of his songs have been recorded by musicians such as Sam Bush, Missy Raines, Jerry Douglas and John Cowan. The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum honored him by inscribing a verse of his song “The Diamond Stream” upon the wall in the Hall of Honor.

Respected music writers and music critics weigh in:

“The songs were spiked with moonshine,” writes Tony Sheridan, PEOPLE magazine.  Critically acclaimed author and music journalist Alana Nash describes his songs as “evocative and original,” and dobro master Jerry Douglas says, “Ed is carving himself a niche for his own genre of Appalachian music and prose.”


Visit Ed Snodderly online at edsnodderlymusic.com/.  


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