Snooks La Vie

Snooks La Vie

 Roxby Downs, South Australia, AUS
BandBluesAmericana

Roots musician dipping into the classic early 70s sounds of America. South Australian Blues Vocalist of the year (2008-2012). Former frontman of The Hiptones. Available for international bookings.

Biography

Dipping into the classic early 70s sounds of America,
Another Place In Time is the debut album for Adelaide
troubadour Snooks La Vie who has been a prominent
figure on the roots circuit for the best part of fifteen
years. Credited for his soulful vocals and authentic
delivery of the harmonica, Snooks La Vie has quietly
secured the endorsement of the Australian music industry
and proudly counts many contemporaries including
Troy Cassar-Daley, Renee Geyer and Ross Wilson
as fans.

Staying true to the era, the album includes vintage
amp noises, and was recorded organically, utilising the
technological limitations of the time to capture its spirit.
An astute interpreter of roots-based music, Snooks La
Vie performs with an electrifying energy and maturity.
Snooks says he wanted to keep the record stripped
back with lots of space to showcase the songs in their
truest form, so the album was recorded with just guitars,
bass, drums & harmonica.

Recorded in only four days, the album was produced
by legendary Melbourne songwriter/producer Charles
Jenkins (who plays on some album tracks), along with
Jim Redgate local and international guitar maker who
engineered it. Inspired by some of his favourite artists
such as Townes Van Zandt (of which he pays tribute to
on the track Aeroplane Glue), Waylon Jennings and
Dwight Yoakam, the album features eleven tracks all
penned by Snooks and takes the listener on a journey
through Blues, Soul and Alt-country with a hint of Rockabilly.
Snooks La Vie has been a prominent figure on the
Adelaide roots circuit since the emergence of his debut
band The Deliverymen. He has become a highly
respected musician within the music fraternity both
locally and nationally, establishing himself as one of
Australias elite blues/soul/country vocalist and harmonica
players.

As former frontman of The Hiptones, he has enjoyed
the success of awards such as a South Australian
Music Award for best blues band/act in 1997, signed
to a major label in 2006 and an APRA nomination for
blues/roots work of the year in 2008. That same year
Snooks also took out South Australian blues vocalist of
the year. The next four consecutive years Snooks
was once again awarded South Australian blues vocalist
of the year (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012). He also took out harmonica player of the year 2012.

Throughout his career Snooks has had the pleasure of
supporting and touring with the likes of Chris Isaak, The
Royal Crown Revue, Wendy Matthews, and The Blacksorrows, to name a few.

Another Place In Time is a release that is proud and
timeless, and conveys a deep personal honesty.

Lyrics

Lonely Day

Written By: Snooks La Vie

Its still early the lonely day has begun
Early, the long lonely day has come

I dreamt of you this morning
I had you on my mind
Another lonely day, another place in time
I pour a cup of coffee, cigarette and I’m done

Its still early the lonely day has begun
Early, the long lonely day has come

I wish every wave that crashes
Could wash me from this day
Carry me from that painful dream
Wash it all away
Take me to a faraway place, far from anyone

Its still early the lonely day has begun
Early, the long lonely day has come

I was sayin’ goodbye, to the one I love
I went looking at the ocean and starin’ at the sun
You could wait for hours
Wait for a change to come
Its still early the lonely day has begun
Early, the long lonely day has come

Tonight I might find a place, corner at a bar
I’ll sit and ponder, not speak to anyone
Just watch the people passin’ by
Smiles on every face
Its still early the lonely day has begun
Early, the long lonely day has come

I was sayin’ goodbye to the one I love
I went looking at the ocean and starin’ at the sun
You could wait for hours
Wait for a change to come
Its still early the lonely day has begun
Early, the long lonely day has come
Early the lonely day has begun
Early the long lonely day has come

Sometimes Life Gets in The Way

Written By: Snooks La Vie

Sometimes life gets in the way
Can’t wait till she’s in my arms again
She’s in my thoughts every moment of the day
You know sometimes life gets in the way

When I’m far from her, she always on my mind
But it wont be long, just a matter of time
Till I’m holdin’ her close to me
She’s my only love, the only girl for me

Sometimes life gets in the way
Don’t seem like long, yet she feels so far away
When I hold her again, I wont let her go
Sometimes life gets in the way

I can hear her voice softly calling me
Like a gentle breeze her voice whispers through the trees
She’s the warmth of the sun and morning light
Her naked beauty brings me piece of mind

Won’t let life get in our way
We’ll do as we please
When we want and when we say
It’s a rush hour every moment of the day
And sometimes life gets in the way

Sometimes life gets in the way
Can’t wait till she’s in my arms again
She’s in my thoughts every moment of the day
You know sometimes life gets in the way
Sometimes life gets in the way
Sometimes life gets in the way
The way, the way

Aeroplane Glue

Written By: Snooks La Vie

He’s a legend in our time
Much like Dylan, such like Prine
A genius in our hearts and our minds
A soul traveller his short life
No shock treatment or his wife
Could dissuade the passions and the dreams he had
No addiction or destruction nor any sort of disruption
Could sway the driven thoughts of Mr Townes

A simple livin’ man
With a guitar in his hand
Deep held emotions in every song
And without a master plan
His home a humble caravan
Or a motel room closet he’d wait to die
With music close to his heart
Not for money, only art
He’d live that way till the day he passed

And down that dirt road he’d ride
‘Ol Lightnin’ Hopkins by his side
A show just ain’t a show without some blues
While childhood memories can be erased
And aeroplane glue may make you dazed
Rest assured this mans songs leave an impression on you

So gather round you friends
And raise a glass for him
One of the greats that ever was Townes Van Zandt
So gather round you friends
And raise a glass for him
One of the greats that ever was Townes Van Zandt
So gather round you friends
And raise a glass for him
One of the greats that ever was Townes Van Zandt

Discography

Another Place in Time (2011)