Wed, Jan 4, 2012 04:21 PM
Their name is synonymous with what everyone in Killington loves;
snow. If you love good music then you will love Myk and Jordan
Sno', the best father and son duo I know.
I had the pleasure of seeing them last weekend at Santa Fe and
they amazed me so much that I'm kicking myself for not seeing them
sooner. It now will be a regular stop for me and I highly recommend
their performances. They mixed it up with pop, funk, soul and
motown. My favorite was the encore of "Purple Rain." Myk is
starting his third season at Santa Fe where you can catch him
Thursday through Sunday. He loves his Saturday night show the best
because he performs with Jordan Sno', Jeff Poremski and Ross
Edmunds. They call it Ktown's Finest and it's a party night.
Myk got his start singing in his church in Indiana. His strongest
musical influences came from his mother Betty who played records of
Al Green, The O'Jays and everything Motown. Other influences
include James Taylor, Bob Marley, Rick James, Sam Cooke, Jackie
Wilson and Otis Redding.
While in the army, Myk was stationed in Germany, which he loved.
He has now lived there for 24 years and is quite well known as a
singer in Germany. He plays with a duo called "Acoustik Soul,"
which blends jazz and folk, and sings in the group "Genuine Men."
He has played in Paris, London, Barcelona and also South Africa for
the World Cup.
Myk has performed with such greats as The Platters, James Brown,
Usher, R. Kelly, Genuwine and Mariah Carey. One of the amazing
facts about Myk is that he has only been playing guitar for four
years professionally; and he taught himself to play just five years
Before he played guitar he was known for singing. He got his
Vermont start back in 1991 when he went to Duane Carleton's Open
Mic at Ollie's which is now Chasers. He performed with Duane and
preformed the Doobie Brothers "Long Train Running." Duane liked
what he saw and invited Myk to play a gig with his band, the Space
Monkees, in Albany. He then met fellow musicians, Jeff Poremski and
Steve Audsley and they all formed a great friendship. Myk "thanks
Duane for welcoming him into Vermont."
Similar to Myk, Jordan's Dad was a major influence in his musical
career. Jordan is multi-talented playing the bass, guitar and
drums. His influences on bass include the Temptations, Supremes and
all things Motown. On guitar they are James Taylor, Kris
Kristofferson, Ray Lamontagne, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jim Croce
and John Mayer's Continuum Album. His favorite instrument to play
is the drums and his influences there are Led Zeppelin and James
Jordan got a Mickey Mouse drum set when he was four-years-old and
played it until he broke it six months later. While in the 7th
grade, he first performed for an audience during a talent show; he
played "Respect" on drums. His music teacher at the time was Aaron
Audet who later would become a band mate in the "Proctor
Connection," which Jordan played with while in high school.
When Jordan was a sophomore, he went to Germany to visit his Dad
and ended up getting a gig with Myk's band. Myk needed a fill-in
bass player and although Jordan was not that accomplished on bass
at the time, he winged it and did well. Myk had a vast collection
of guitars in his home and Jordan took a liking to one called "The
Alvarez." He 'borrowed' it and took it back to the States. He
proceeded to teach himself guitar adding another instrument to his
arsenal of talent. He now attends Berklee College of Music for
drums where he is a senior and is majoring in performance. He would
play his summers off with the Proctor Connection.
While he likes playing with the band, he had a yearning to play
solo. But Jordan knew that "nobody wants to hear a lone drummer" so
he started playing guitar so he could get some gigs. A few years
ago he opened for Joey Leone at Sidelines (Now Center St Alley).
Joey said something to him that sticks with him to this day: "You
give 75% to the crowd and 25% to your guys. It's about
When he plays with the Proctor Connection, they all push each
other to go that extra step. Linda Ross gave him his first
Killington gig at the Outback and he now plays there
semi-regularly. It was during one of those gigs that his Dad, Myk,
visited, met Linda and ended up with the Santa Fe gig.
Myk and Jordan have both released records. Myk has a few with
Acoustik Soul but it's his latest one "Life's in Session" which is
my favorite. It is a masterful blend of R&B, soul, pop,
folk and top 40 dance. The tracks I like best are #4 Strong which
is a pop and R&B blend, #6 Rockstar is a radio ready top 40
dance hit, #8 Paranoid starts off with a Spanish guitar feel and
then kicks into another R&B dance hit, #9 Paranoid is a hip
hop, bump n' grind mix that reminds me of Cameo's Word Up and #12
One Sun, One Moon, One You which is a beautiful soulful touching
Jordan appears on Acoustik Soul's Take a Moment album and has just
released "Learning to be me" and that is a fitting title as he
grows and learns his talents. I can tell you that I have learned
how talented Jordan is just by listening to this album. I can
listen to it over and over. Every song you can feel Jordan pouring
himself into. My favorite track is his cover of "Hallelujah." I've
heard a lot of artists cover it but Jordan's is one of my all-time
favorites. It is a moving song especially when Jordan puts his all
Jordan loves playing with his Dad. "It is awesome," he says,
adding, "Being able to play music for a living is phenomenal.
Having fun no matter what happens in the day is what it is all
about. Looking at the stage and having a great show. Music heals
Myk wants to give credit to Jordan's mother Tracy for "Putting up
with all their racket over the years. The kitchen and bedroom are
the only rooms without something musical in them." Myk truly loves
making music and taking people on an emotional trip. He says,
"Whether it's one person or one hundred, it's about the music. I
want to give those people a great show every time."
Myk and Jordan really enjoy what they do and you will too when you
go see them perform. For more information please check out
www.myspace.com/jordansnow, www.myspace.com/AcoustikSoul and (if
you can read German) www.genuinemen.de.