About Carl

“Snow is a veritable Knox rock legend, a burly punk-rock madman” — Mike Gibson/Metro Pulse, January 2003
"...Swat-Teams of formidable strength (and loudness)..."

Carl Snow is a rocker by nature, and if the past 2 decades of his musical career could be seen as his "playing cards", which have included such groups as Koro, Red, Screamin' Boy Blue, Big Stickmen, 30-Amp Fuse, Whitey, Birdhouse, and THAT, one might not expect what Carl now pulls from his deck of cards. The current Carl Snow recording, Useless, is an extremely warm and personal offering from this singer/guitarist/songwriter/storyteller. This is quite a change in direction for Snow, whereby most of his past outings included swat-teams of formidable strength (and loudness).

"...I wanted to play the big guitar..."

Carl moved to Knoxville in 1976, and recalls "my earliest influences were my parents, aunts & uncles, and their friends, several times a week they would have a musical get-together. My dad and his two younger brothers were once a Gospel trio, I can vividly remember hearing them covering 'Amazing Grace'& 'How Great Thou Art'. It was my uncle's guitar that intrigued me the most. I was entranced by the guitar sound and I can recall wanting to play it, and it being too big for me. Pop had a ukulele that I don't recall touching, looking back I probably viewed it as a kiddy-guitar, and I wanted to play the big guitar."

"...a 'guitar lesson' ceased to be a guitar lesson, and became a communion..."

Carl's guitar teacher, Jennifer Hooks, recommended to Carl that he begin taking guitar lessons from local guitar hero, Terry Hill (who appears on 5 of the tracks on Useless, and to whom this record is dedicated). "Under Terry's wing, I was given the ability to learn many of my favorite songs on my student guitar. After reiterating the basic chord structures that I learned from Jennifer, Terry began to encourage me to invent my own chords. Soon I was proficient enough, "to my father's ears", to get my first "real" guitar, a Takamine, and twice the size of my student guitar. I was splitting my musical meals into 3 basic courses at the time; progressive "art" rock, pop music, and the new arrival of oddballs from New York that we would later call "punks". I was very fortunate to be taught my craft by two of the greatest artists to grace the South; Terry Hill, and later, Hector Qirko (who appears on 3 of the tracks on Useless), both having a great influence on my music, and both deep, deep friends. They mentored me in far more than "guitar playing"; opening doors for me on many levels. After a few years (perhaps less) a "guitar lesson" ceased to be a guitar lesson, and became a communion of sorts, with far more emphasis on the inner dimensions of music, and life, urging me onward, both musically and spiritually."