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Right Here

by Merlin Snider

A trove of wit, wisdom, and joy in the Americana story-telling tradition. An original voice blending folk, western swing, country blues and rock. The music bleeds love.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Santa Cruz
3:49 album only
2. Right Here in the Every Day
4:02 album only
3. The First 25 Years
4:19 album only
4. Insomnia
3:40 album only
5. Yellow Moon
4:15 album only
6. Ocean Song
4:15 album only
7. Stuck in Ojai
4:18 album only
8. Henrietta
4:46 album only
9. Drink of You
3:40 album only
10. Molly\'s Got Her Red Dress On
3:37 album only
11. Mama Don\'t Work Here
3:44 album only
12. Tall Trees
10:43 album only


Album Notes
Merlin Snider is "about as fine a a songwriter and story teller as you're likely to find," wrote "Wildy's World". With a fresh stew of Folk-Blues & Alt-Country, he's been compared to Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Randy Newman, and Leonard Cohen. "The genuine article when it comes to wit and humor," says Bob Stane, Host and Producer of the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

Snider's newly released second album, "Right Here," is among the Top Folk Albums of May 2009 and June 2009, as reported on Folkradio.org, the official site of FOLKDJ-L.

Folkworks,org said of "Right Here"that Merlin Snider "has assembled an outstanding group of musicians, authored a tremendous collection of songs, engineered an ultimately pleasurable listening experience and produced an album that will be a "must-have" for connoisseurs of the singer-songwriter, folk genre."

Snider's debut album, "Between," "notable for its skillful guitar work and beautifully spare production" garnered both critical acclaim and radio airplay across the United States and Europe," reported the Pasadena Weekly.

John McLaughlin from ESU Radio Pennsylvania said, “The writing is acute, the playing is sharp. [Between] is high quality across the board.” David Weide, KUNV, Las Vegas, named Snider’s popular song, “Hello Jesus” among Favorites of 2000.

Born in Joliet, Illinois, in 1953, the youngest of five sons, Merlin moved from the Midwest to Southern California with his family at an early age. His father, Allan G. Snider, was a Pentecostal preacher, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a homebuilder in his spare time. Merlin’s mother, Rhoda M. Snider, was an accomplished musician, skilled on piano, organ, and piano accordion. She led the church orchestra and choir and was intent on getting the hands of all five of her sons wrapped around one musical instrument or another at any early age.

Merlin’s early music was rooted in the church. Later it grew into the world beyond, venturing into broader themes both earthy and universally spiritual.

Snider has worked as a painter, carpenter, cabinet maker, teacher, and free lance journalist, and has earned a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, (1988). His dissertation was titled, "Morals and Irreligion: Kurt Vonnegut as Social Ethicist." All this education reflected the artist’s interest in values in society and, Snider stubbornly believes, has made him a better songwriter.

The release of Merlin’s 1999 debut album, Between, uncorked on the wider world Snider’s singular writing style, including distinctive melodies and chord arrangements, wry and evocative story-telling, and what the Ventura County Star called “a good amount of wicked humor.”

Folk Roots magazine wrote, “In a world filled with vanity releases of the solo, self-financed variety, it’s a relief to stumble across a songwriter that is a little contrary to ordinary,” and noted songs that provide “evidence of a thoughtful mind at work.”

Now, after an interim of nine years, Merlin’s second album has been released. Says Stephen Jay, Peabody award-winning composer and long time bassist for Weird Al Yankovic, "Right Here" has "Amazing arrangements, I love it. The record bleeds love. The cover reflects a simple and deep sensibility that serves the album well. A great album and a beautiful gift from you to the world."



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Wynn Allen

Right Here
I worked at Club 47 in Cambridge, MA, and radio hosted "Folk Music Tonight" in Boston in the '60's -- this album is wonderfully true to the folk music genre. Forget all that you have been told about "walking" and not "running" -- RUN do not walk to get a copy of 'RIGHT HERE." In fact, pick up a couple for people who truly appreciate fine folk music. Finally after several years of anxious waiting, we have Merlin Snider back...and in a big way. This new CD is a collector's item waiting for history to catch up to it. The word is "Between" was sold out of its initial run. The first bars of the first cut, Santa Cruz, have the smoothest chords and moves right into a toe tapping cruise up the California coast with a effortless vocal harmony by Deborah Snider -- a mellow trip. Then we are presented to one of those '60's-ish introspective, intelligent songs with the title cut, "Right Here in the Every Day." And...it just keeps coming -- heartfelt, honest, poignant music of life. Try sitting still with "Insomnia." Can't be done. If there's music in your heart, you'll be on your feet. We believe "Yellow Moon." You gotta love Tom Corbett's mandolin "Stuck in Ojai," but there is something about the way Merlin offers up this song that rings of Phil Ochs -- listen carefully. Take the time to listen to each instrument in "Drink to You" and when finished, you'll have a song to whistle tomorrow and stays in your mind for a very long time. Moving out of your parent's house for the first time? Skip "Mama Don't Work Here;" it is just too shocking. This entire present from Merlin Snider to the folk world wraps-up with tall sounds in "Tall Trees." What a CD! Inciteful words, excellent arrangements, marvelous voice, backed up by professional instrumentalists and the harmonious voices of Deborah and Kara Snider. Merlin Snider is "Right Here."

michael brooks

As Comfortable as a California Coastal Breeze
Snider’s music metaphorically bottles the air of California: from gentle coastal breezes to great central valley summer winds. Personally, these songs awoke fond memories and family stories (of dust bowl emigrants), long forgotten. The music is arranged flawlessly; Snider’s lyrics are at once both simple and complex, set in a beautiful yet imperfect world. I encourage you to do as I have done: load the CD, pour a tall glass of iced tea, crank up your sound system, and unwind.