Dylan Sneed

Dylan Sneed

 Hartsville, South Carolina, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Like a sober Townes Van Zandt." - Kevin Oliver, SC Free Times

Biography

In early January 2006, adorned in poor-fitting, borrowed business casual, Dylan Sneed slumped in a cubicle of a cold office building in downtown Dallas, TX. Over his short but painful tenure in the machine of corporate America, he learned many lessons, but one prevailed above the rest: this was not where he was supposed to spend the rest of his life.

After escaping his corporate confines he began booking national tours the grassroots way: making friends and fans one at a time across the country with a focus on Texas, the southeast, and the east coast. Hundreds of gigs and tens of thousands of miles later, Dylan has become a full-fledged road warrior. The press has described him as an "A-list tunesmith" (Dallas Observer) and "a sober Townes Van Zandt" (SC Free Times).

After finding his audience on the road, Sneed began to find his voice in the studio. The Dallas Observer praised his 2007 EP No Worse For The Wear as “one of the best local releases of the year.” Produced by Steven Collins of Deadman, the Fort Worth Weekly dubbed Sneed's fourth release "epic."

In August 2008 Sneed relocated from Dallas to the small town of Hartsville, SC, where he continued to tour and write songs for his next album.

In mid-April 2010 Dylan met five friends in a 100-year-old farmhouse in the low country of South Carolina to record his latest album, Texodus. The five-day session was a flurry of activity, as the group worked day and night tracking 14 songs. And best of all, it was all paid for before they even pushed "record."

During the previous two months Dylan raised money to fund the recording project through the website Kickstarter.com. His fans came through, pledging 120% of the budget.

In early September 2011 Sneed became an international artist after a two-week whirlwind tour in the Netherlands. His music was well received, and he plans to return annually.

No Depression says "Sneed is a terrific songwriter who knows how to turn a phrase and plays a mean acoustic guitar." The Dallas Observer described Sneed's music as "the best side of true Americana: music of passion and skill that can move an audience with a whisper or a roar.” Kevin Oliver of the SC Free Times said "Sneed’s songs give a contemporary spin to the Lone Star country and folk of Guy Clark, Steve Earle and others, coming out more like the acerbically literate North Carolina songwriters Jonathan Byrd or Malcolm Holcombe."

For the most up-to-date information on Dylan Sneed, stay tuned to www.dylansneed.com.

Notable venues played:
Paradiso (Amsterdam, NL)
Workplay Theater (Birmingham, AL)
The Living Room (New York City)
Schubas (Chicago)
Eddie's Attic (Decatur, GA)
Evening Muse (Charlotte, NC)
Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX)
Good Folk (Fayetteville, AR)
The Blue Door (Oklahoma City, OK)
Iota Club & Cafe (Arlington, VA)
McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Houston, TX)

Notable artists played with:
Brian Vander Ark (The Verve Pipe)
Monte Montgomery
Richard Shindell
Peter Mulvey
Chuck Brodsky
State Radio
Willy Porter
Ian Moore
Chris Trapper (The Push Stars)
Derek Webb

Other achievements:
#1 and #6 albums simultaneously on South Carolina Roots Radio Airplay Chart
#37 album on national Roots Music Report Folk Chart
Official showcasing artist Folk Alliance International 2010, 2011
2007 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist for "No Worse For The Wear"
2010 International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist for "Midnight Promenade"
Performed in the Eddie's Attic Open Mic Shootout XXVII and XXXIII

Lyrics

No Worse For The Wear

Written By: Dylan Sneed

i'm no worse for the wear, baby
i'm no worse for the wear
gotta hole in my pocket, but i'm no worse for the wear

i've been running round in circles
i've been dancing round the truth
and there ain't much time when i'm thinkin
that i don't think of you

i still don't know what i'm after
i just know what i was before
and everyday is like a lifetime
if i'm not knockin on your door

but i'm no worse for the wear, baby
i'm no worse for the wear
i'm a little impatient, but i'm no worse for the wear

everybody wants protection
from their fears and from their dreams
everybody's got a question
the answer's never what it seems

but i got all i need inside me
you got all that you need, too
if you and me could just believe it
there ain't nothin we couldn't do

so i'm no worse for the wear, baby
i'm no worse for the wear
i still got my doubts
but i'm no worse for the wear

maybe i'm just seein what i want to
maybe i'm just playin make believe
maybe i'm just hopin that my genie's got one more trick up his sleeve

but any man who says he's ready
is not a man who tells the truth
there ain't a man alive can tell you
what love'll do to you

this world is burnin all around me
and every soul is near the flames
there's flames from hell and flames from heaven
they're both callin out our names

so won't you wake up for me honey
won't you open up your eyes
and throw yourself into the fire
you can burn off that disguise

you could rise up from the ashes
and have your glory once again
and i'll be singin out your story
as you dance along the wind

and i'm no worse for the wear, baby
i'm no worse for the wear
my soul's all a-burnin
but i'm no worse for the wear

What I Thought

Written By: Dylan Sneed

you do what you're made for
without wonderin how
you're so sure it's from God
there's no need to be proud

your fingers just move
and your voice rings out loud
i was sure they'd be callin me
a rock star by now

but life's not what i thought it'd be
it's just what it is
the joy and the misery
the slap and the kiss

and that's what i've been lookin for
and that's what i've found
so i'm ready to start feelin
my feet leave the ground

i grew up believin
in a Goodness above
who's swift with His justice
and steadfast in love

now i shout up to heaven
what's this game that you're playin
but i lie to my friends
and i fall asleep prayin

God's not who i thought He'd be
He's just who He is
and there's no escapin
the free love He gives

and that's what i've been lookin for
and that's what i've found
so i'm ready to start feelin
my feet leave the ground

i knew you were pretty
you seemed kinda smart
but i just wasn't ready
for the shape of your heart

charm is deceptive
and beauty is fleeting
but when i talk to you
i can feel my heart beating

you're not who i thought you'd be
you're just who you are
and the wise and the fool agree
that you got a fire in your heart

and that's what i've been lookin for
and that's what i've found
so i'm ready to start feelin
my feet leave the ground

and that's what i've been lookin for
and that's what i've found
so i'm ready to start feelin
my feet leave the ground

my feet leave the ground
my feet leave the ground
my feet leave the ground

Texodus

Written By: Dylan Sneed

City lights in back of me
As distant as eternity
From where I'm going
From where I've always been

Ebony, all I see
Every star a memory of light
From lifetimes
Coming 'round the bend

I have learned, learned again
Time's a foe
Time's a friend
Time's a healer
Time will kill us all

Time will tell,
But time is mum
I know I ain't the only one
Who feels like time's been chasing him
Down the hall

Oh, my home
Oh, my home
Was just a place I had to leave
You never know
You never know a thing
You just believe

I was born a rebel son
The color of most everyone
White as lightning
Silver spoon in hand

Father raised a gentle man
Who in time came to understand
A seeking heart will steal you
From the motherland

Oh, my home
Oh, my home
Was just a place I had to leave
You never know
You never know a thing
You just believe

Broken lines in front of me
You see what you want to see
I see my home
I see the future now

City lights will come again
To beckon me
And to pretend to be a beacon
Steering me somehow

But I have learned, learned again
"To live's to fly"
Sweep and bend 'round every corner
Always moving on

I always knew
I always would
Would be leaving
If I could
The leaving is the coming
The dusk, the dawn

Oh, my home
Oh, my home
Just a place I had to leave
Oh, my home
Oh, my home
Just a place I had to leave
Oh, my home
Oh, my home
Was just a place I had to leave
You never know
Just a place I had to leave
You never know a thing
You just believe

The Garden

Written By: Dylan Sneed

Maybe Dallas really ain't that bad
Maybe I make up reasons to be sad
Maybe I've never known just what I've had
Until it's gone

Maybe the answers are inside of me
Maybe my heart's full of eternity
Maybe an open eye could plainly see
I'm going blind

There's a garden growing in my mind
I keep alive the things I've left behind
The memories, the dreams sublime
Are with me now

The flowers, they look good to me
But the other side is as green as can be
It's like I found the door and lost the key
At the same time

I believe in letting go
But I believe in to and fro
And I believe that what I know
Is bound to change

'Cause home ain't never the way it was
Don't ask why, it's just because
World keeps doin what it does
Spins around

Maybe Dallas really ain't that bad
Maybe I make up reasons to be sad
Maybe I've never known just what I've had
Until it's gone

Midnight Promenade

Written By: Dylan Sneed

Two young lovers on a TV screen
Two in the morning, should be flying in a dream
But I'm lying in a bed that I've already made
Think I'll take a little midnight promenade

They taught me as a young man there's black and there's white
A battle for your soul between the dark and the light
I hear the distant rumble of the cavalcade
In every footstep of the midnight promenade

I love you, I want you, I can't find your name
It was written on my heart, missing from my brain
Faith is just a tiptoe 'cross a razor blade
So tread lightly on the midnight promenade

She loved me so pure, she loved me so deep
She loved me for a promise I didn't keep
She loved me for a man in her mind she'd made
Maybe she'll find him on the midnight promenade

They say the heart always tells you, the heart always knows
They say the heart stays true in the tos and the fros
My heart's been twisted like a young girl's braid
That's why I'm out here on the midnight promenade

Trying not to try, trying just to be
A man without a mission is a man who's living free
But even freedom's got a glory that's always gonna fade
Into the shadows of the midnight promenade

Still couldn't tell you why I left my home
Every wandering spirit is condemned to roam
Or blessed to discover, it's always a trade
I'll take my chances on the midnight promenade

Climb This Wall

Written By: Dylan Sneed

Running from, running to
Two things that I always do, now baby
Run right past an open door
Miss what I've been running for, now baby

Seeking, knocking, you may find
You might be knocking a long, long time, now baby
But if I knocked upon your door
I wouldn't mind waiting around a little bit more, now baby

But if I climb this wall
Afraid that I might fall
If I climb this wall around heart

Treated bad, stabbing wounds
Love sent you to the emergency room, now baby
So you took your concrete, you took your spade
Took a few bricks, and look what you made, now baby

Me, I've been done wrong before
I found myself crying on the kitchen floor, now baby
So let's teach an old dog something new
Teach him love won't make him blue, now baby

But if I climb this wall
Afraid that I might fall
If I climb this wall around your heart

When I start to think too much I sink
I float when I'm with you

Things I ain't been telling you
There's an elephant in my living room, now baby
You got me thinking about what I say
I'm trying so hard to have a natural way, now baby

But I feel just like a pioneer
Staring at you like the new frontier, now baby
It's time to shed this tired skin
This loneliness I've been sleeping in, now baby

But if I climb this wall
Afraid that I might fall
If I climb this wall around your heart

Yeah if I climb this wall
Afraid that I might fall
If I climb this wall around your heart

Around your heart
Around your heart

Oh around your heart, around your heart, around
Oh around your heart, around your heart, around
Oh around your heart, around your heart, around

Under The Sheets

Written By: Dylan Sneed

Sleep, sleep
Sleep little darlin
And don't keep your eyes
On a mountain
That's so steep
The best thing to do
Is to breathe deep now

And dream, dream
The peaks aren't as high up
As they seem to be
They're just higher
Than you've seen up to now
You've never been so high

Fear fear
Is all that has ever kept us here
Under the sheets
Or in the mirror
We are not who we appear to be

Words, words
Folks only use the ones
They've heard somebody else say
It's absurd to try on a pair
Of a songbird's wings

But try, try
Try little darlin
And don't cry whenever
You feel like your dream dies
You may have just opened your eyes

Fear fear
Is all that has ever kept us here
Under the sheets
Or in the mirror
We are not who we appear to be

Sleep, sleep
Sleep little darlin
And don't keep your eyes
On a mountain
That's so steep
The best thing to do
Is to breathe deep now

Discography

Texodus (2010)
No Worse For The Wear EP (2007)

Set List

Sets are 95% original material from Texodus and No Worse For The Wear, including some unreleased original material. Cover songs range from Cyndi Lauper to Bob Dylan.

Typical set lasts forty-five minutes up to ninety minutes.