No. 2 Album on FOLKDJ-L Chart

News - May 2, 2017
is the No. 2 Album on the April 2017 FOLKDJ-L chart of Top 70 albums. Thanks to the folk radio DJs who have been playing songs from the album. The songs getting the most airplay are "Abraham's Light"; "Fly Away Sail Away"; "Procrastination Blues"; "Cold Rain"; and "Fresh Dirt". And big thanks to Kari Estrin for the support you have provided.

Bruce Springsteen said recently, "I believe every artist had someone who told them that they weren’t worth dirt and someone who told them that they were the second coming of the baby Jesus, and they believed ‘em both," I've heard both of those voices in my head, sometimes in the same day. Right now I find myself simultaneously grateful and disbelieving. Thanks to anyone who ever, for any momentary wisp of time, believed in me.

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WELCOME to the web site of California-based singer-songwriter-guitarist and wordsmith Merlin Snider. That's me. I have made three albums and you can listen and
read some of the nice things other people have said about them here. The brand new CD is One Light Many Windows. Kelly Z bought a copy and wrote this on Facebook: "Just heard Merlin Snider's new CD, 'One Light, Many Windows'. Wow! Great performances and songwriting! Great production by Ed Tree!" General radio release will be March 31. The CD Release Concert will be April 1, 2017.

Remember to keep singing, keep walking forward, keep your balance, keep your sense of humor, and I will too. See you down the road.

Peace, Love, Joy, Music,
Herd of Cats

Herd of Cats

NEWS - April 20, 2017
ONE LIGHT MANY WINDOWS, released to radio March 31, is climbing the folk music chart on Much thanks to all the radio DJs playing the songs. More on that to follow.

We have uploaded to YouTube a few of the live performances from the April 1 concert. Here is one of them.

"Fresh Dirt" live version with Pretty Good Acquaintances

NEWS - April 10, 2017
We had the release concert. People loved the Art Trek studio. I loved seeing so many good friends - old ones, new ones, in between ones. I hope to have video of some of the songs available to post soon. We put up some pictures from the night here. I like the one of the audience. Happy and/or engaged faces. Banjo Gal singer-songwriter Donna Lynn Caskey did a song to open the second set, one of my favorites from her new CD.

There's a little article on the CD release in the Thousand Oaks Acorn. I had one old friend show up just because she read the article in the Acorn that morning. (practically irrelevant aside - for those who know my previous album, this person was the inspiration for "Molly's Got Her Red Dress On." She was not wearing a red dress and never has to my recollection).

Radio. We released the new album to folk radio March 31. Early response this first week and a half has been good. I'm going to make a page to thank the DJs playng the CD. More later . . .


A Brief Living HISTORY OF FOLK with Merlin Snider, Stephen Jay, and Tom Corbett

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Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3331 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park

Besides being the bass player in the Weird Al Yankovic band for 30 years, STEPHEN JAY is a Peabody Award winning composer, a master of funk and poly-rhythms. Steve spent two years traveling and recording indigenous music in Africa, releasing two albums on Nonesuch Records and he will share some of that experience as well as his own songs. TOM CORBETT is a string wizard & multi- instrumentalist. Kills it on mandolin and guitar. Has played with everyone! He is an Album charting folk singer-songwriter & a Finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He will share some of his own roots inspiration. MERLIN SNIDER is the magician with words and melody & a folk charting singer-songwriter with the No. 2 album on FOLKDJ List, April 2017. He is a Guest Artist and Teacher at this year's CA Songwriting Camp and the producer of this show.

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New CD is finally here!

available now at CDBaby.
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ONE LIGHT MANY WINDOWS available now at CDBaby. Listen to samples. Leave a review.

How to Buy: Click on the "Buy Now" button to buy from my Store. Click on the CD image to listen to and buy at CD Baby.  We are also on iTunes.

How to Buy: Click on the "Buy Now" button to buy from my Store. Click on the CD image to listen to and buy at CD Baby. We are also on iTunes.

also avaliable on iTunes

ONE LIGHT MANY WINDOWS also avaliable on iTunes