Mike Snider (musician)
Mike Snider at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007.
|Birth name||William Micheal Snider|
|Born||May 30, 1961|
|Genres||Old Time Mountain|
Mike Snider, (born May 5, 1961), is an American banjo player and humorist. He specialized in "old-time" mountain music which is a stylistic that can be traced back to the core beginnings of country music. He learned to play banjo at the age of 16. Although he is well known for comedic routine, he is a well respected banjo player. Much of his comedy is based on stories about his wife, Sabrina, referred to as Sweetie.
In 1983 Snider won the National Banjo Championship, at the Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas. He was asked to appear on the Grand Ole Opry as a guest artist in 1984. On June 2, 1990 he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, by country comedian Minnie Pearl. He was a cast member on the variety show Hee Haw from 1990–1996. From 1991–1998 Snider performed at Opryland USA. Snider still performs regularly on the Grand Ole Opry.
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- "National Bluegrass Banjo Championship". Walnut Valley Festival. 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Jones, Loyal (2008), Country Music Humorists and Comedians (1st ed.), University of Illinois Press, pp. 333, 334, ISBN 978-0252033698