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Biography

Recent accomplishments:

_Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2009
_Festival International du Blues de Tremblant 2008,2009.

Denny’s earliest interests in the guitar were sparked by the likes of Elvis, and Carl Perkins. Acoustic blues influences include Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Honeyboy Edwards. Later, Eric Clapton, and John Mayall directed him to the Chicago sounds of Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Buddy Guy along with some personal tutelage from Luther Allison. Influences in other genres include Django Reinhardt, Frank Vignola and Angelo DeBarre. Fingerstlye favorites include Don Ross, John Hammond Jr., and Tommy Emmanuel.

The electric blues band is the device that began Denny’s reputation. After many different bands, Denny decided to start his own to begin honing his own musical ideas. In 1984, he formed the group “Southside Denny and the Skintones”, which became regionally known across a few states, and also began working in Canada, mostly in Ontario and as far west as Vancouver. This band also produced two albums, the first of which received a good enough amount of airplay to put them on the road. The second one featured legendary harmonicist Sugar Blue. (of Willie Dixon and Rolling Stones fame). The rest of the band members wanted to play only locally, but Denny saw the territory growing and wanted to continue as a musician. That brought about the Southside Denny band, which over the years has employed so many different players it would be impossible to name them all here. However, the basis has always remained consistent as a three piece blues band featuring Denny’s songs and arrangements. At different times there have been fourth members, but for the most part it has stayed bass, drums and guitar lineup. The sound has also remained true as a hard edged Chicago sound, with hints of many different styles entertwined.

After three more discs (Rollin’ Home, Rendez-Vous Blues, and Movin’ On), Denny got adventurous and produced “Eclectic” in 2003, which is a collection of acoustic guitar pieces that was quite the surprise to many of his fan base, and also brought in some new listeners. “Roots and Branches”, in 2006 was also a total solo effort, yet steeped more in his blues roots (as the title suggests) and half instrumental pieces.

Thanks to a DJ named Dan Berhman from Radio Canada, who “discovered” a couple of these discs and began playing them on the air, the move to Montréal in February of 2007 has breathed new life into Southside Denny. A new version is certainly kicking (Simon Meilleur on drums, and Lindsay Pugh and Yoland Houle sharing the bass parts) and has already graced the stages of Le Festival Mont Tremblant, and various other venues. All this has also sparked interest in a new yet untitled disc that is being worked on and will be recorded in January, 2009 in Québec, with some help from Montréal blues icons Rick L. Blues and J.D. Slim. Disc number 8 will include all of Southside Denny’s talents rolled into one recording. Full electric settings, total acoustic ones, and mixtures of the two, promising to be the best material to date! Stay tuned for more of Southside Denny in the near future, the fun has just begun…

Denny's latest disc, titled Full Circle was released in March of 2009 and features 13 (six instrumental pieces and seven with vocals) new songs in both electric and acoustic settings. Recorded and produced by Rick L. Blues in St. Hippolyte, Qc (Lac Echo) the first week of January, 2009. Support for this project was provided by Lindsay Pugh on Bass, Simon Meilleur on drums and also includes Denny's daughter Lorrie singing with him on two of the tracks. Rick L. Blues also plays harmonica on two songs, along with some extra help from drummer Cliff Alloy and Ivanhoe Jolicoeur on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Other noteable facts,,,

_Denny is also an author and guitar educator with a teaching studio. He also conducts group guitar workshops covering a wide variety of subjects including blues playing, improvisation, alternate tunings, and slide guitar.

_Denny was the first blues artist to ever perform live on Radio Canada, performing at Radio Canada Studios, Montréal.

_The Southside Denny Snyder band peformed regularly at Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago in the 1990's.
He has recorded 8 albums of original material, 5 of which are still available.

_He has played his music at hundreds of venues in 20 different states and 5 Canadian provinces.

_Denny has played with: Luther Allison, Pinetop Perkins, Larry McCray, Sugar Blue, Lefty Diz, John Fogerty, and Duke Tumatoe.

_Denny has opened for: Luther Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack, Taj Mahal, Ko Ko Taylor, Legendary Blues Band, Sugar Blue, Bernard Allison, Larry McCray, Rod Piazza, Honeyboy Edwards, Lonnie Brooks, George Thorogood, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Styx, Edgar Winter, and The Beach Boys.

_Denny is endorsed by: Crown Microphones, Melancon guitars of New Orleans, and Dr. Z amplifiers

Website: The Snyders
Facebook: Southside Denny
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