Dr. Stan Snodgrass can finally say, “This is the Big Time.”
The owner of Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center independently released an album of the same name.
“There’s a lot of people who know I sing. I grew up singing,” he said. “The timing was just right to do (the album) then.”
The album may be purchased by mail or at Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center at 6000 Scottsville Road or by downloading it from iTunes or at cdbaby.com.
He recorded at Omnisound Studios, a recording studio and production company, and worked with Bluewater Music, which is an independent music publisher, copyright administrator and artist manager, both of which are in Nashville. Omnisound found the musicians to work on the album.
“It only took a day to do the music, then I went four days to do vocals,” he said. “I practiced and practiced so I knew the music.”
The Ohio County native already knew he wanted to record songs written by Jim Lauderdale, who has written songs for a variety of artists, including George Strait, Solomon Burke and the Dixie Chicks.
“I’ve always liked Jim Lauderdale’s music. He wrote all these songs,” he said. “They’re not real new songs, but nobody would have heard them. It’s kind of like they’re original songs.”
Remakes aren’t Snodgrass’ style.
“I didn’t want to do remakes of other songs,” he said. “I’m not a writer. I wish I was.”
In the early 1970s, Snodgrass, a teenager at the time, sang with distant cousins who were brother and sister. They called themselves the Young Believers.
“Our harmony was really great at that time. We met down at the church I lived right behind,” he said. “They brought their 14-year-old cousin. She played the piano by ear like you wouldn’t believe. We sang a song called ‘Farther Along.’ “
The trio traveled throughout Kentucky and Tennessee, Snodgrass said. From there, he was hooked.
“It got in my blood,” he said. “We had recorded an album. After we got together, we said we’d go on the road.”
When he went to veterinary school at Auburn University, he sang with a group there.
“All through the years I kept singing,” he said. “I had two dreams. One was being a veterinarian and the other was singing, and I still do both.”
In 1994, he did a fundraising concert for Drug Free Bowling Green-Warren County at the Capitol Arts Center.
“It was one-third country, one-third Christian and one-third Elvis,” he said, smiling.
Snodgrass impersonated Elvis Presley from 1993 to 2013.
“My family used to have a Fourth of July celebration in the back of our house. Someone had the bright idea of making an Elvis suit,” he said. “I had a couple of friends put on sunglasses and act as bodyguards. We put on ‘2001 Space Odyssey’ and I came out. It would get people to smile and have a good time.”
So far, Snodgrass has sold about 250 albums.
“I need to sell 1,000 to say that it was paid for and then I could record again,” he said.
When he gets that chance, he plans to make the album more diverse. He would also like to record songs by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Smokey Robinson and Michael Bublé.
“I’m drawn toward those feeling-type songs. I like all kinds of music,” he said. “Once you start doing something you love doing, it gets you so you do all you can. I’ve got 12 (more) songs that I’d like to put on one CD.”