HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike Snider born, May 30, 1955 is an American bluegrass banjo player and humorist, performing on Hee Haw , at Opryland USA, and still performs regularly on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1983, he won the national banjo championship in Winfield, Kansas. He is also a gifted comedian and storyteller. His entire home town (Gleason, Tennessee) came to Nashville to watch him perform for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry. Known for his heavy southern drawl: “Heck no, it ain’t no put-on! My daddy’s talked like this all his life,” he says.
About the authorI enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie