Ken Snyder Instrumental Guitarist

Ken began playing guitar at age 13 and has never looked back. Inspired by guitarists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Ken has crafted a guitar style that spans generations. Mixing elements of hard rock, heavy metal and blues, he walks a tightrope between emotionally filled guitar playing with flashes of virtuoso playing, creating a style that is uniquely his own. Occasionally progressive elements slip into Ken's writing and arranging, tipping his hat to his diverse influences and keeping his music fresh and exciting. This was evidenced by the song Voyage to Nevermore topping Amazon's free download chart for progressive artist.

Ken spent several years in the LA Based metal band Cut Throat, releasing two cds with that band...1998's self titled debut "Cut Throat" and 2001's "Slave" cd. In 2003 Ken released his first solo cd, the all instrumental cd "One", which was a stylistic departure from Cut Throat, showing a more diverse style long obscured within a band setting. He followed that up with 2005's "Nevermore", which was a logical progression from One, showing even further diversity by including elements of fusion, prog, surf and blues in addition to the core hard rock stylings. 2007 saw Ken releasing his third cd titled "Progressive By Nature". Picking up where Nevermore left off, Progressive By Nature was Ken's most focused release to date. Behind the strength of that cd, Ken won the 2007 All Access Music Awards Best Instrumental Group or Artist and he followed that up with the 2008 Los Angeles Music Awards Instrumental Artist of The Year.

Following on the heels of Progressive By Nature, Ken ventured back to the band format, helping co-found the band Downslaught with former Cut Throat members Sean Okin & Darwin DeVitis, writing all new material to perform. This project has resulted in Cut Throat again recording new tunes. In addition Ken is busy writing material for his follow up solo cd, expected sometime in 2014.

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