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Saving It Up (For Saturday Night)

by Perry Snyder

Tradition Country Music
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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Perry Snyder was born in Bridgman, MI in 1973 and was raised on a farm in Grand Junction, MI.

While growing up, his dad was a Rock & Roll fan who was into Del Shannon, The Moody Blues, David Bowie, Queen, OMD, Pet Shop Boys just to name a few. His mom as well as his maternal grandparents were country fans who listened to Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and many other greats.

"Growing up I got to listen to the best of both musical worlds at that time. I liked the music of Del Shannon, still a big fan of the Moody Blues and even Tom Petty. My maternal grandparents were huge country music listeners along with my mom. At my grandparents whether at their home or in their car, I just ended up leaning towards country music. Listening to Waylon, Willie, T.G. Sheppard and all those other now country legends and hearing those steal guitars just wanted me to be a country singer at five years old." " A lot had to do watching The Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw at my grandparents on Network TV. This is way back in the late 70's. Every weekend I got to watch those. At home when not at my grandparents, I got to watch Solid Gold, American Bandstand, even Casey Kasum, No matter what genre of music, it was a huge part of my childhood. Country won me over though. My biggest dream was to sing on the Grand Ole Opry."

Michigan didn't have very many country stations around in the late 80's to early 90's. "I could get a station here or there but I lived out in the sticks so reception was spotty." In 1992 while working on a blueberry farm he was listening to a rock station 93.7fm. "I was listening to it one moment, turned off my headphones for awhile. Turned them on a couple of hours later and Brooks and Dunn "Boot Scoot & Boogie" was playing. I thought someone had turned my station. I really liked what I heard and didn't want to change whatever station it was changed to. I heard a couple of other country songs from Confederate Railroad, Mark Chesnutt, McBride and the Ride, Patty Loveless, and Highway 101. Then the DJ said B93. It was the 93.7fm station, they just changed formats. For the rest of the 90's that was my station."

Perry's desire to sing country music grew again as he listened to the artists of the 90's. Still loved those artists and their music from the 60's on up through the 90's. "Waylon Jennings was my all time favorite artist. To do things his way and seeing it work and the music he and the Waylors and even the Waymore Blues Band created was something I wanted to do. Then Mark Chesnutt came along. He's my second all time favorite. I guess you can say he is my favorite living artist now! One of my favorite songs of his was on his "Almost Goodbye" album. It was called "April's Fool." I don't think it was ever released. To me it was just a beautifully written song. Not to mention I seen myself in that song. A lot of Mark's songs have parts I can really relate to." If you go through Perry's CD collection you will find that Waylon Jennings and Mark Chesnutt has more albums in his collection than any other artist.

Perry Snyder's biggest influences of the 70's & 80's were Waylon Jennings, T.G. Sheppard, Merle Haggard, & Mickey Gilley. Then in the late 80's through the late 90's he cites his influences were Mark Chesnutt, Toby Keith, Clint Black, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Mark Collie, Neal McCoy, and Keith Whitley.

Perry Snyder graduated from Bloomingdale High School in Bloomingdale, MI in 1992 where he played Basketball and ran in track during his high school years. In 1988 he wrote a poem for the American and Me Essay contest at the school and took first place.

Perry did some singing in a couple of churches in the early to mid 90's. One of the churches he met Bill Napier. He and Bill became friends. "I learned a lot from Bill. I had a lot of respect for him. He and his wife Carla would sing bluegrass. It was the first time I really paid much attention to bluegrass. I enjoyed watching and listening to them sing." It wasn't until 2004 when he really got serious about singing. While working in January 2004, a couple of his co-workers overheard Perry singing in his office and they told him he had a great voice and he should go to a local bar to sing Karaoke. "It took me a couple of weeks to get my courage up to do this. "First of all I didn't think I really had that great of a voice and second I was thirty years old and never set foot in a bar so I was scared to death of what to expect when I walked in there and scared to death to sing in front of a bunch of people I didn't even know. I did sing "Amarillo By Morning" a song George Strait made famous. At the end of the night the DJ walked up to me and said we have a contest going on and that next week was the last week but you have a good voice and I think you should come out in try. I did."

After that Perry would go to sing Karaoke there two to three nights on the weekends for about six months, then he started singing at other places. "I was getting such a good response where I was singing karaoke at that I didn't know if they were for real or just saying that because of just being a local person, so I started going to places in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Bridgman, Benton Harbor, Paw Paw areas, all in Michigan and wherever I went I got the same results."

In October 2004 Perry Snyder became a DJ doing karaoke and regular music. He did that on a part time level up until October 2005 where he started working two to three shows a week. He kept this up until May 2009.

In the summer of 2007, Perry recording a demo of a couple of songs and sent it to a producer in Nashville named Mark Moseley. "He listening to it and emailed me back saying I had this raw style voice that was a mix between Buddy Holly and Dwight Yoakam. He said definitely can make a great album."

"At the time, country music was starting to make that shift out of traditional country. I only wanted to do traditional country. I wanted the sounds I grew up with. The steel guitar, the fiddle."

Fast forward nine years, Perry went to Nashville and recorded his debut album, Keeping With Tradition. "I love and miss hearing traditional country music. I miss hearing those steele guitars. I want to make music I love and I know people love and want to hear. I want to help keep traditional country music alive."

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