June 20, 2008

DeVilbiss Grad Len Snow Comes Home With New Music

By Brian Dugger, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

Jun. 20--The music business has a way of humbling people.

Just ask Len Snow.

A little more than two years ago, the DeVilbiss High School graduate was working with a hot-shot record producer, and he returned home from Nashville aboard a luxury tour bus for an album release party in his hometown. He was "spending money like crazy," he says.

What he's learned is that there are a lot of people in Nashville who will tell you what you want to hear and take your money.

"Last year, I was jaded. I thought about hanging it up," Snow, 35, says. "Every time I tee it up, it gets blown off the tee."

After the release of that album, "Country's What I Choose," the title track charted on one of Billboard's many singles charts.

"I'm thinking, 'I've got a single on Billboard, a major label has to sign me now,'" Snow says. "Wrong-o."

He hasn't gotten that major label deal. That blow has been worsened by the loss of his day job selling land surveying equipment.

He returns home tonight for a show at Headliners with a couple lumps but the dream of making it big still burning in his heart.

"I think what I've learned from all this is that you've got to fit music into your life, you can't try and fit life into your music," he says.

It's not to say he's down for the count. He's a talented songwriter, and the history of country music is filled with songs written by people who were beaten up by life.

"I'm pursuing this thing to the fullest. All I do in Nashville is meet people, network. I'm trying to solidify my booking and management people," he says. "I keep writing my songs. I've got a whole catalog of songs now. Hopefully, I'll have a new album out by later this summer."

He's looking forward to trying out some of that new music for his hometown. "Hillbilly Baby" is his upcoming single that he'll be trying to get on radio. He also has several other cuts he's excited about, including "80 Proof" and "Doing Pretty Good So Far."

"People can expect 90 minutes of great music. I'll play some of the stuff from my first CD, a few covers, and new songs that no one has ever heard."

Yes, there are some dark days when Snow wonders whether to keep his dream alive, but he still has a busy touring schedule ahead, including dates in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dallas, Tempe, Ariz., Little Rock, and Palm Springs,Calif. He's also heartened by the hundreds of messages he says he gets each day on his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/lensnow, which has a good sampling of his music.

"I see all these comments, and I know there's a market for what I'm doing. I've got the demographic I need," he says. "I'm continuing to work on my guitar playing. It's just my personality. I want to be spectacular at what I do. I don't want to be pretty good, I want to be awesome."

Len Snow will be on stage tonight at Headliners, 4500, N. Detroit Ave., Toledo. Doors open at 9, and the show begins at 10. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 419-474-1333, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Locally, they can be purchased at Culture Clash and Ramalama Records.

Contact Brian Dugger at: [email protected]


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