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Credited for his soulful vocals and authentic delivery of the Harmonica, Snooks La Vie has quietly secured the endorsement of the Australian music industry and proudly counts many contemporaries including Troy Cassar-Daly, Renee Geyer and Ross Wilson as fans.
Born in Uptown Croydon in Adelaide, Snooks has been a prominent figure on the Adelaide roots circuit for the best part of 15 years since the emergence of his debut band The Deliverymen. A relatively new comer to the business, Snooks has become a highly respected musician within the music fraternity both locally and nationally, establishing himself as one of Australia’s elite blues/soul/country vocalist and harmonica players. An astute interpreter of roots-based music, Snooks performs with an electrifying energy and maturity that belies his relative youthfulness for this genre of music.
The former frontman of The Hiptones, has enjoyed the success of awards such as a South Australian Music Award for best blues band/act in 1997, signed to a major label in 2006 and a APRA nomination for ‘blues/roots' work of the year in 2008. That same year Snooks also took out South Australian blues vocalist of the year. The following two consecutive years Snooks was once again awarded South Australian blues vocalist of the year (2009/2010).
Throughout his career Snooks has had the pleasures of supporting and touring with the likes of Chris Isaak, The Royal Crown Revue, Wendy Matthews, The Blacksorrows and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers to name a few.
What's Happening 2010
This year Snooks will release a solo recording with his new outfit showcasing his passion for alt-country. Under the creative direction of producer, Melbourne singer songwriter Charles Jenkins, the album will feature some of the best Adelaide, interstate and international musicians on the contemporary scene.
Snooks says the LP is a vehicle to challenge his versatile song writing skills and eclectic slant on country music.
“Think along the lines of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, and you’re close to getting a feel for the essence of the album. "I’ve always loved country music since first hearing the greats Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Lefty Frizzell. An alt-country record is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now and I can’t wait to tour the album on the national festival circuit and venues across the country.”
Look out for the release of Snooks' solo album due out October 2011.