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May 08, 2017 2 min read

David Snell is a bass player from Bentonville Arkansas who started playing at 14, and began playing clubs professionally at 17. At 45 he has been playing for over 30 years. He is best known as the bassist and harmony singer for the Arkansas based trio The ShotGunBillys. Born & raised in just outside Memphis TN in Jonesboro Arkansas, David Snell moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1999 to dive into the Fayetteville music scene. Splitting time between Nashville, Memphis, Austin & Fayetteville David Snell earned a reputation of being a dynamic bassist and music arranger having played on / arranged for 9 different full length albums from multiple genres as well as recording engineering duties. David has shared the stage with the likes of Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Marty Stuart, Blackberry Smoke, 38 Special, Kentucky Headhunters, Black Oak Arkansas, and David Allen Coe.


Describe your rig or instrument of choice:I currently use for live bass guitars:

  • LowEnd LEPJ 6 String bass with custom split PJ 6 string Pups NP6 and NJ6S.
  • Ken Smith Custom 6 String.
  • Ernie Ball Musicman 4 String Fretless

I currently use for live bass amplifiers:

  • Mesa Boogie Subway 800 plus head
  • 2-410 Mesa Traditional Powerhouse cabs.

How did you discover Nordstrand? At NAMM 2015 in Nashville with Low End Bass Shop, I discovered Nordstrand by talking to other pro bass players from Nashville and Memphis, plus Brian Barrett at Low End Bass Shop in Murfreesboro TN who built my bass for me.
How long have you been using Nordstrand? about a year and plan on have another bass built for me, a fretless 6 string with Nordstrands as well. Also looking at loading my 23 year old Warwick Corvette pro 6 string with Nordy’s Big Blade 6 as well.
Artists whom with you are currently working: The ShotGunBillys, Black Oak Arkansas,

Other artists of note whom with you have worked: TJ Scarlett, Chuck Gatlin, Chase Buchanan Band 

Learn more about David on his website. Find more about David Snell’s band The Shotgun Billys on FacebookInstagram and YouTube and of course, their website.

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