Black Eyed Snakes

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The Black-eyed Snakes
Background information
Origin Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Blues, rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums,
Years active 1999 – present
Labels Chairkickers' Union Music, Shaky Ray Records, Varese Fontana
Website [1]
Members Alan Sparhawk
Bob Olson
Brad Nelson
Bryan "Lefty" Johnson

The Black-eyed Snakes is an American blues rock band from Duluth, Minnesota. Since releasing their debut album "It's the Black-eyed Snakes" in 2001, the band has toured the U.S. with Charlie Parr. Front man Alan Sparhawk also performs with Low and Retribution Gospel Choir.

The Black-eyed Snakes often perform at the Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth, Minnesota. Black-eyed Snakes was selected by City Pages as the Best New Band of 2001. Their attitude towards the blues is summed up by Sparhawk: "We actually hate most blues. We were trying to destroy it. We're interested in putting the blues back into a gut level -- instead of talent, we go with feeling more.[citation needed]



Studio albums[edit]

  • It's the Black-eyed Snakes - (Chairkickers' Union Music, 2001)
  • Rise Up! - (Chairkickers' Union Music, 2003)


  • "Chicken Bone George" (7") - (Shaky Ray Records, 2001)


  • Duluth Does Dylan - (Spinout Records, 2000)
  • Sun Records the Ultimate Blues Collection - (Varese Fontana, 2003)
  • Perverted by Mark E. / A Tribute to the Fall - (Zick Zack indigo, 2004)
  • Homegrown Rawk and/or Roll: Starfire's Mix - (Homegrown Music Festival, 2008)


  • "Cross Country with the Snakes" (film by Hansi Johnson) - (Chairkickers' Union Music, 2005)


  • Maerz, Melissa. God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You City Pages, October 10, 2001.
  • Riemenschneider, Chris. Slitherin' Dither - Black-eyed Snakes Found a Way to Reinvigorate the Blues. Star Tribune, October 12, 2001.
  • Royston, Reggie. Black-eyed Snakes Saint Paul Pioneer Press, December 19, 2003.
  • Virtucio, V. Paul. Snakes Open Some Eyes Duluth News-Tribune, August 11, 2001.

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