Snipes caps summer Strand Sessions concert series

Singer-songwriter B. Snipes will perform at the final Lake Martin Young Professionals Strand Session tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Tennessee-born singer-songwriter B. Snipes will perform tonight at the Lake Martin Young Professionals’ Strand Sessions at Alexander City’s Strand Park from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

According to Snipes’ website, his musical influences range from folk to indie rock. He has two recordings to his credit, his debut EP “Away Away” and his first full-length album “American Dreamer.”

“Me and (husband) John Howell and Scott Hardy met Brandon and his wife at a Country Living magazine shoot on the lake,” said Lacey Howell, a member of the LMYP executive board. “He starting telling us that he was in a band and we didn’t believe him. He played us some of his music and it was very good.

“I’d call him uniquely soulful, just really good. I think he’ll be a nice addition to our lineup.”

Scott Hardy, who also heard Snipes at the magazine shoot, said his music was full of “soul and good vibes.”

Snipes, who was born in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, and now lives in Birmingham where he teaches Bible at Briarwood Christian School, will lead a six-member band that includes two guitars, drums, bass, trumpet and a female vocalist.

Snipes describes his music as a mixture of folk and rock and roll and says he’s been able to play a lot of gigs this summer.

“It works out pretty good being a teacher,” said Snipes. “I’ve been able to do a lot of shows and get out my first full-length album, ‘American Dreamer,’ which came out July 4. I made sure it came out on the right day.”

This is the fourth and final performance of the summer Strand Session series, but Howell said she hopes to see the music continue.

“Hopefully, we can have similar concerts this fall and winter,” Howell said. “I’d love to see us have a Christmas concert series of some kind.”

Strand Sessions is presented by LMYP with sponsors Anytime Fitness, Bice Motors, Firetruck Bar-B-Q, Lake Martin Area Association of REALTORS, Lee Marketing Group, Music Depot, Satterfield Outdoor Living and USAmeriBank.

Alexander City’s Fire Truck will be on site tonight selling Barb-B-Q nachos and pulled-pork and rib sandwiches.

“They do allow coolers and we suggest that those that are coming bring their own lawn chairs,” said Howell.