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Dylan Sneed Talks Touring With Kristy Kruger And Covering Johnny Cash

Sneed's back in town. (Wade Griffith)
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After a whirlwind national tour opening up for and playing alongside Kristy Kruger, Dallas-based singer/songwriter Dylan Sneed will make his first local appearance in quite some time at Bend Studio this Saturday.

Seems that being out on the road with the talented Kruger really made quite an impression on Sneed: "The tour was fun, tough, inspiring and exhausting," says Sneed. “Kristy and I have already collaborated since returning to Dallas and she’s such a great musician.”

Stops on the tour that began right after SXSW included a show in Virginia where the duo opened for former Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark.“He really took a shine to us and we may be doing some touring with him in the fall,” says Sneed.

Kruger, Sneed and drummer Richard Hewett also recently cut a version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that Sneed says he's very excited about: “Kristy’s take is in a minor key and is very haunting.”

Hopefully, now that he is back home, Sneed can start work on an album of his own. 2007’s No Worse for The Wear EP was one of the best local releases of the year, and playing with Kruger, one imagines, can only expose Sneed’s quality songwriting to a wider audience. He'll only gain more exposure while opening for Beth Wood this Saturday.

“Bend is a great room for me to play," Sneed says, "so I am trying to get as many people there as possible.”

Since the venue only holds around 80 listeners, that shouldn’t be to tough. --Darryl Smyers

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