JD Snyder has been a fixture on the Connecticut music scene since returning from Nashville in 1998. This guitar/keyboard player is one of the premiere vocalists in the area and is currently lead singer of the Ghost Riders country band, formerly of the Penfield Reefers classic rock band and the Howlers Americana band.
As a solo artist, his styles range from Country, Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Pop to Roots Rock. JD’s original material has been picked up and recorded by national acts Confederate Railroad and Ken Mellons. He has also recorded several CD’s of his own and received a certain degree of notoriety with his political songs. The songs “Goodbye Joe”, “Rowland Rowland Rowland”, “Wrecking Ball” and “Bernie Madoff with All the Money” have all received airplay and positive reviews everywhere from the Connecticut press on down to Don Imus.
The list of venues played includes the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Newport Yachting Center and Coney Island festivals, as well as regular gigs at local haunts like Captains Cove Seaport to the many yacht clubs along our coast.
JD is a Bridgeport native, has lived in Tennessee, in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay and currently resides in Shelton, CT.
JD Snyder is currently working as a solo artist at various clubs and restaurants in the Connecticut area. As a solo acoustic guitar player/vocalist or as a keyboard/vocalist, he presents a varied spectrum of classic tunes from the pop, rock and country genres with a focus on great songs from the 60’s and 70’s. In 2014, he expanded his solo repertoire to include Irish music. For more complete details on JD the solo artist, please follow the "SOLO" link above.
Playing great American country music from the Classics to Contemporary Country, including some Western Swing and Line Dance Favorites. Expect to hear a good dose of George Strait, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, Waylon & Willie as well as newer acts like Billy Currington, Zac Brown and Blake Shelton. A mix of a few Classic Rock/Pop tunes is occasionally included as the situation warrants. Follow the link above to the Ghost Rider’s site for more information.
Classic and Southern Rock with a little Country. The band was known for playing great songs with an eye towards the sixties and seventies like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, Cream, Marshall Tucker, Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Procul Harem, Gary Moore and many of the country guys listed above. Follow the link above to the Reefer's slide show
Roots rock is a term used to describe rock music that looks back to rock’s origins in folk, blues and country music. Leon Russell, The Band, JJ Cale, Clapton, Cash, New Grass Revival, Old Crow Medicine Show, Asleep at the Wheel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are just a few of the artists covered. Follow the link to The Howlers sound bytes.