>These are some of the reviews that were on CD Baby,
as well as other places, for Playing With Fire
author: Guy C Smith
Awesome! Must have!
author: Carole Carter
Playing With Fire is incredible!! We love it! Perfect for sitting under the trees in our back yard with friends and cold adult beverages!! Please let me know when he comes out with another!! Thanks and keep rockin on, Carole 🙂
Playing With Fire is a genuine journey through a mix of emotions!
author: Joe Horn
It’s obvious right away when listening to the Original Snakeboy that he was born to play the blues! Between his low raspy voice and seemingly endless showcase of slide guitar licks, I was stunned by how much feeling he creates between him and his guitar! There’s nothing false or processed about this artist! Snakeboy is definitely the real deal!
If this album won’t chase your blues away, you’re dead!
author: Gregory A. Bitowt, Chairman, Family Services Agency Inc.
Snakeboy’s amazing first, solo album of electrifying, pure acoustic blues. Louisiana meets east Texas slide guitar style, which is no bad thing! The greatest slide guitarist of all, Blind Willie Johnson was from east Texas, and Snakeboy is definitely moving into that neighborhood. He plays the classic blues with both respect & megawatt energy, and Snakeboy’s original tunes, such as Scratchy & Spooky Lou, are shockingly creative compositions and performances- defining blues for the 21st century. The blues is ALRIGHT! Thank you Snakeboy!!!
“I RECOMMEND IT WHOLE HEARTEDLY!!!”
author: Noggin of Blues Matters Magazine, UK
Snakeboy…You Got IT!!, exclaims John Hammond Jr. on the cover of the CD. Obviously with THAT recommendation we do well to take notice. Snakeboy, complete with shaven head and snake tattoos gazes menacingly from behind his National Steel on the CD cover….All the tracks are unaccompanied, and feature just his GRITTY and GROWLING vocals, and/or SEARING SLIDE GUITAR: they were recorded live in the studio. Six songs are originals,…beautiful instrumentals, including “Spooky Lou”, and the aching “I Used To Kiss Her On The Lips, But It’s All Over Now”. Mixed between these are, just for example, wonderfully sparse versions of Son House’s “Preachin’ Blues”, Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen”, and Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go”. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC GEMS IN THIS GENRE, AND I RECOMMEND IT WHOLE HEARTEDLY!!!!
“Those who love slide guitar MUST GO SEE HIM !!!”
author: Franky Bruneel,…Chief Editor of Back To The Roots Magazine…
From May 14 to May 28 this cat is touring our area. Those who love slide guitar MUST GO SEE HIM!!! The Original Snakeboy plays standards by (amongst others) Son House, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, and Robert Johnson. But he also performs self penned material. Very typical is “Spooky Lou”, with obvious links to Bob Brozman. For Snakeboy, virtuosity or revivalism are not the most important things. He’s not a new Catfish Keith, or Steve James. What’s really important for him is to have his own CHARACTER, and his own SOUND…..AND HE’S GOT BOTH OF THEM !!!!!
“THIS IS A TRUE BREATH-TAKER !!!”
author: Bluesy Bob of BOBTJE BLUES PAGES…….Belgium
If anyone can be a symbol for uncompromising and great slide on a National Tricone, it DEFINITELY MUST be The Original Snakeboy!!!…Snakeboy plays in an UNFORCED and MAGNIFICENT way, the raw sound from the deep south of America, the Delta Blues. “Playing With Fire” consists partially of covers…but ESPECIALLY his own material like “Scratchy”,..”Spooky Lou”,..and “Nani”, are JUST BRILLIANT!!! Together with more than pleasant vocals, this is a TRUE BREATH-TAKER!!! Songs with soul and extraordinary musical insight,..once knowing him, his music is FOREVER BURNT IN YOUR HEART!!!…Snakeboy is an example for thousands of slide guitarists!!!!
“Don’t think I have ever heard such good slide guitar before in my life.”
author: Matthew Gray of Hits Are Here ( Belgium )
The Original Snakeboy (Blues). A traditional sound that is played just as good as the ancient masters, THIS MAN KNOWS HIS STUFF!!! Don’t think I have ever heard such good slide guitar before in my life!!! Listening to my favourite, “Steve James Loves Shortnin’ Bread”. Not often do you come across such music like this, A TRUE GEM!!! Review Rating:4.5/5
The New ” Wonderboy” of Slide Guitar !!!
author: Ben Vanhoegaerden of Roots Town Music Free-Zine…Belgium
On his first solo c.d. you’ll mainly find Delta Blues songs…It’s those kind of songs that he covers the most on this c.d…BUT in his own ( “ORIGINAL” ) way !!! His original songs are both fast played instrumentals, and “Hawaiian style” songs. He sounds like Taj Mahal….or maybe Led Kaapana…just playing slide!!!… In the song “Spooky Lou” you’ll find a lot of Bob Brozman in his playing… He was just recently selected for The National Reso-Phonic Guitar Cataloge, and one of his songs is on the latest National Reso-Phonic C.D. release…and on THIS album, only the BEST are selected!!! *****Conclusion: “RECOMMENDED TO THOSE WHO ARE INTO EXEMPLARY SLIDE MUSIC !!!!” *****
BORN TO SLIDE !!!
author: Scott Follweiler of C. F. Martin & Co.
Born To Slide….(“Scratchy”) sounds like an ice pick on barbed wire!!! Snakeboy has obviously done his homework…. It’s ALL there,..RAW, NAKED, BLUES!!!KEEP IT UP!!!!
MAN THIS IS GREAT
author: Ton Wanten of Website Triple R Blues Radio in the Netherlands
Thriving, Throbbing, Refreshing. I get C.D.’s sent in all the time, mostly from Europe,and I always regret that the quality is…well ‘ya know. So I focus on releases from the U.S., but even there it is just once in a while that I think, MAN THIS IS GREAT…now I have this album that was sent to me by The Original Snakeboy. No compromises,just blues from the heart.So,’nuf said,check out the Internet for the album. Don’t talk..LISTEN!!!
He has mastered an ancient art form
author: Alan Paul of Guitar World Magazine
The Original Snakeboy invests traditional music with contemporary feeling and passion. He has mastered an ancient art form in all it’s subtle idiosyncratic details but his music never sounds musty or stuck in the past. Slither on,son. Slither on.
A true acoustic slide master
author: Dave Cowles of GHS STRINGS
The Original Snakeboy is definitely an Original, some of the slickest, greasiest slide you will ever hear. A true acoustic slide master.