Julie Snow started performing as a member of the Bennington Ladies Jug Band in the 1960s, entertaining at local New England colleges and culminating in a performance at the legendary Gerdes Folk City in New York. As a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident in the 1970s and 1980s, she continued writing and playing and was introduced to an up-and-coming Connecticut singer-songwriter named Lui Collins, who was a kindred spirit.
The meeting was the beginning of a long friendship, and Lui recorded five of Julie's songs on her early albums. The title cut of Lui's second album was Baptism of Fire, perhaps Julie's most famous song. It has been recorded multiple times and has generated many accolades and expressions of gratitude over the years. In Beverly Biderman's book, Wired for Sound: a Journey into Hearing, the lyrics of Baptism of Fire were used throughout the text — including the front page — to express the author's journey into hearing after receiving a cochlear implant.
In 1992, Julie moved to southern New Hampshire and discovered a vibrant community of acoustic musicians, making both traditional and contemporary music. She became part of a women’s songwriting collective, affectionately named The Rolling Crones, and began writing and performing again. Since then, Julie has made two albums of her original songs, If Words Were Stones, and her new album, No Ordinary Love.
She is an active member of a song circle in southern New Hampshire and a regular at her favorite songwriting camps — SummerSongs in Stony Point, NY, and the Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah. Although she has taught at both camps, her favorite activity, when she is not writing or playing music herself, is coaching other songwriters.
Currently she performs both as a solo act and with her sometimes band, The Bad Hombres.