Blues, Rock n roll, Jazz, Latin and Country
Blind “Snooks” or Fird Eaglin Junior, the “Human Jukebox”, occupies a special place in the history of blues and guitar music that blends a head spinning concoction of genres – blues, rock n roll, jazz, latin and country styles that could only come out of the rich southern melting pot of New Orleans, Louisiana. Flavoured by Creole, Swamp, and Zydeco music, a clean ice cool tone, lightning fast runs, rhythmic funk styles, a sweet vibrato and a certain latin mystique Snooks’ sound delivers an intense hit of no nonsense, no compromise music energy that places him in a class of his own with a sound that’s so much more than just “blues”.
More than Blues
There’s something about Snooks’ broad style, sense of melody and rhythm that really shines. It is definitely worth exploring as much of his music as possible because he plays with such a rich personality and character: unique yet accessible, challenging yet listenable, rootsy yet still sophisticated – he’s got it. In spades.
Right Hand Technique
With a voice like Ray Charles, a blistering right hand technique, a killer sense of timing and 2500 song repertoir Snooks could play anything and play it his own way. Yet, it’s impossible not to hear almost every other legendary guitarist in there: Freddie King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton must have been listening in. None of which seems surprising for a man with a 40 year long recording career.
After his first birthday Snooks became blind and spent several hard years in hospital. At the age of five he was given his first guitar, taught himself to play listening to the radio, won a radio station talent contest at age 11 and dropped out of school for the blind three years later to become a musician.
Snooks Eaglin Discography
1959 New Orleans Street Singer (Smithsonian Folkways)
1971 The Legacy of the Blues Vol. 2 (Sonet)
1978 Down Yonder – Snooks Eaglin Today! (GNP Crescendo)
1987 Baby, You Can Get You Gun! (Black Top)
1989 Out of Nowhere (Black Top)
1992 Teasin’ You (Black Top)
1995 Soul’s Edge (Black Top)
1996 Soul Train from ‘Nawlins: Live at Park Tower Blues Festival ’95 (P-Vine)
2002 The Way It Is (Money Pit)