Mike Snider plays a lil’ banjo!
William Michael Snider, also known as Mike Snider, was born in Gleason, Tennessee, on May 30, 1961. Snider specializes in “old-time” mountain music and is known as a well-respected banjo player within the industry. Mike was inspired by the music of Flatt & Scruggs and after hearing their album, he had decided to pick up and learn how to play the banjo at the age of sixteen.
In 1983, Snider was crowned winner of the National Banjo Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. One year later, he was asked to appear as a guest performer on the Grand Ole Opry in 1984. On June 20, 1990, country comedian Minnie Pearl inducted Snider as an official member of the Opry. Mike continues to perform regularly on the Opry show.
Snider gained popularity from his Opry appearances and caught the attention of the producers for HeeHaw and joined the cast of the syndicated television program in 1987. Mike and his band also performed at Nashville’s Opryland USA for a residency of 7 years.
In addition to his musical talents, Snider is also known for incorporating humor and wit into his performances. Whether it be through his music or his jokes, or even his heavy southern drawl, Mike is sure to put a smile on your face and provide quality entertainment.
Mike currently performs with his band, “The Mike Snider String Band” and frequents the Grand Ole Opry Stage. To learn more about Mike Snider, please visit www.themikesnider.com.