New Release: Mike Snowden – One Man Cigar Box Guitar Band Live
Mike Snowden is an anomaly. Not only does he play a variety of cigar box guitars, but he constructs them, too. These things have only three strings and are works of art. An active Atlanta musician, Snowden was a member of Band de Soleil in the nineties and – along with Michelle Malone – played 250 shows a year for five years. At that point, he took a few off. Making cigar box guitars sucked him back into music. Thus far, he’s crafted around 650 of them for a diverse group of musicians including Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Sugarland’s Christian Bush and members Little Feat. Take a look at these beauties HERE.
When playing live, Snowden also rocks a foot drum. He’s a one man band and he is an entertainer. Think Black Keys meet White Stripes, but with the skin peeled back. Snowden’s latest release, One Man Cigar Box Guitar Band Live, is a collection of live tunes recorded at the Boxstock Cigar Box Guitar Fest in Manchester, UK from last fall and the Rock Shop in Brooklyn from this past April.
The record kicks off with “Georgia Mountain Train,” a wickedly funky, back alley burner. “Little Demon” rocks like a Chuck Berry classic, and as instrumentals go, “Chicken House Blues” takes a bite out of any blues guitar sound.
Looking at some of these song titles, one may think Snowden is obsessed with the netherworld (“Little Demon,” “Mr. Evil,” “Devil’s Hand,” “Devil In The Record Store") or chickens (“Where’s My Rooster,” “Chicken Coop Blues”). Whatever his motivation, this music can sound simultaneously nefarious and enjoyable (if that’s even possible).
The rest of the album is equally fresh an exciting. For more information about Mike Snowden’s handmade cigar box guitars, to buy an album or to see him live, go to Snowden Guitars.
Catch Mike Snowden and his cigar box guitar live this Friday at Red Hare Brewing Company from 5:30-7:30. For a complete list of shows, click HERE. Come on out and have some great local brew and hear some great local blues.