Black Eyed Snakes
The Black-eyed Snakes
|Origin||Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums,|
|Years active||1999 – present|
|Labels||Chairkickers' Union Music, Shaky Ray Records, Varese Fontana|
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., including with Charlie Parr, among others. 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. Sparhawks described the band's attitude towards the blues: "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."
- Alan Sparhawk – guitar, vocals
- Bob Olson – guitar
- Brad Nelson – drums
- Justin Sparhawk – percussion
- Bryan "Lefty" Johnson – percussion
- Seven Horses - (Chairkickers' Union Music, 2018)
- 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.