By Mark Kemp
Owen Snyder’s got pickin’ in his genes.
He’s the youngest member of the Snyder Family Band of Lexington, North Carolina, known far and wide on the bluegrass circuit as one of the more talented families in acoustic music. Father Bud plays stand-up bass and holds his own. But it’s the second generation — flatpicking wiz kid Zeb, 19, and fiddler Samantha, 16 — that takes the Snyders’ music into the stratosphere. And they’ve been doing it for more than a decade, which means Zeb and Sam were in their single digits when they hit the highway of virtuosity so long ago.
Now comes Owen, who’s just crossing over into his double digits and turning heads like his older brother and sister. The clip above comes from last year’s Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention, held each April in the Carolina mountains. We thought you might be interested in seeing another Snyder prodigy priming for bluegrass royalty. And you gotta love those facial expressions!
Enjoy this clip, and if you like it, check out their latest CD, 2015’s Wherever I Wander. As a bonus, we’ve posted below a little mini-doc on the Snyders from a few years ago, when Zeb and Samantha were younger than they are today. In it, the two talk about the important link for them from playing classical music to Irish tunes to bluegrass.
This, folks, is family values, Acoustic Guitar-style.