I had so much fun yesterday (3/10) visiting one of our 2 proposed venues, the Embassy Suites, downtown Charleston, with the Event Team for the NHS '66 "Main Event"
Our Saturday Night Entertainment with Jim Snyder
Innerview with Jim Snyder : No day job needed for this full-time musician - Gazette Mail, Sandy Wells.
Entertainer Jim Snyder of Lewisburg obviously loves playing his guitar. In grade school, he took lessons from Bob Thompson at Herbert’s Music Store. A diverse repertoire makes him a popular attraction at bars, festivals and other events throughout the state. On Sept. 20, he opens for Mollie O’Brien at the D Street Art and Music Series at the LaBelle Theater, an event sponsored by the South Charleston Museum Foundation. He serves on the board. -
Don’t ask about the day job. Unlike many musicians, he doesn’t have one. Jim Snyder earns a living with his music.
Although best known for his Parrot Head renditions (suited to his affable, laid-back persona), his repertoire runs the gamut — folk, rock, bluegrass, gospel, everything but hardcore country. The diversity attracts enough bookings to keep him afloat.
Reared on the East End and in Cross Lanes, he grew up in a family that appreciated music. As a boy, he taught himself to play his father’s ukulele, and performs with the baritone ukulele to this day. In fifth grade, Bob Thompson taught him to play the guitar.
He performed through Nitro High School, played a lengthy stint at Cheers in downtown Charleston, hit the college circuit and played year-round at a Myrtle Beach hotel.
At 59, he makes his home in Lewisburg but travels wherever the gigs take him, including to several well-known venues in Charleston. Along with entertaining, he stays busy organizing music festivals and community events. He founded the Colesmith Concert Series in St. Albans and the Greenbrier Valley Winter Festival.
Music is a large hunk of his life, but not the most important part. That position belongs to his son, Sam.
“I was born in Morgantown. We moved to the East End of Charleston right before I started grade school. My grandmother and step-grandfather were already here in Charleston. He was press secretary to the governor. When the Legislature created a Department of Labor, my father was director of minimum wage and hour. So we moved to Charleston to the far East End on the other side of the Capitol. Mom worked at the Statehouse as well.