“Whose Caribou Is?” is a question many have pondered when they hear the name Daniel Victor Snaith pops up in song lyrics. The elusive yet brilliant Canadian artist has been called by some, the next Eric Clapton or Neil Young, among others for his work. His musical style has been described as unique and eclectic, yet appealing to a wide variety of fans. This article will discuss some information about this talented young artist from Canada.
Born in Whitby, Ontario, Daniel Victor Snaith was named after his father, a man whose obituaries were published in a local newspaper. His father had been a successful wood cutter before he decided to pursue a musical career, playing both the mandolin and harmonica, and a mandolin and acoustic guitar. As he grew, his musical interests took him all over North America, especially in Los Angeles, where he was involved in the folk revival movement along with fellow guitarists. Among his more popular songs are “My Sweet Lord,” “Cocaine” and “Don’t Take Me Alive.” He has also made a number of guest appearances on TV’s “Fantasy Island” and “The Dead Zone.”
A devoted fan of Canadian folk artists, Snaith created several albums of traditional folk music. Among them is his self-titled debut album, which featured prominent members of the Royal Canadian Ballet and the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. He is best known, however, for his guitar work. He has covered tunes by artists such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Dusty Springfield, Bruce Springsteen and many others. He has also recorded songs with numerous other artists, including the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and Kris Allen.
As an individual, Snaith has tried out several musical styles, most notably acoustic folk and country. He has recorded tracks with The Tragically Hip, Peter Yngwiek, Boz Scaggs, Merle Travis and Johnny Jenkins. His musical interests have spanned various musical genres, but his true love is the blues. In fact, he has recorded dozens of blues covers. Snaith’s guitar style is similar to that of Merle Travis, with clean fingering and a tendency to use a low tuner.
No list of Snaith songs would be complete without a mention of his duet with John Martyn on who is caribou; a song which earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is perhaps his most well-known duet. The instrumental piece is the work of award-winning musician and keyboard player Glen Campbell, who died in a plane crash last March. The haunting beauty of the original recording has made many guitar fans across the globe eager to hear what he can contribute to their playing. It is a fitting tribute to a man who inspired thousands with his delicate guitar work.
One of Snaith’s more memorable songs is Can’t Take My Eyes off You. As the title suggests, the song tells of an affair between a man and woman. Though it involves two lovers, it remains a love story instead of a cheating story. Snaith’s voice is warm and dreamy, reminiscent of an older woman’s caress. With the piano chords, horn, nylon strings and harmonious vocals, this song makes a strong case for why one should stay young, do not let age tear your spirit away from your dreams.