Todd Snider

Todd Snider
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The singer-songwriter, praised as a next-in-line luminary by folks such as John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver, appears onstage as a barefoot tipsy gypsy, looking for all the world like he's stumbling into brilliance, eloquence and gut-busting humor. It's a great act, and this is not to say that he's not himself out there. He is, and it's his best self. It has landed him in hallowed performance halls, on the Jay Leno and David Letterman shows and in the good graces of his heroes. What people don't see, though, is the fellow who wakes early each morning, picks up a guitar and works on his poems. He writes them out by hand, and at first a Snider song is something like a big block of good wood. Then the knife comes out, the wood is shaped over days and weeks and sometimes years, and he shows it to people once he's done with it. His recordings, too, blend the inspiration of a moment with a thousand afterthoughts. They wind up on finished recordings because they are... well, finished. Even the jagged stuff is there on for a purpose. All of which makes Peace, Love and Anarchy (Rarities, B-Sides and Demos, Vol. 1) something of a revelation. Here are Snider's songs at first blush. Some of these compositions - among them, "Nashville," "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love (for co-writer Jack Ingram), Deja Blues (for co-writer Shaver) and "Feel Like Missing You" - grew up to become master recordings, while "Nashville" was whittled down some more before appearing on the East Nashville Skyline album. The title song of the latter album never made the album in question, and it appears here for the first time, complete with resplendent harmonica/steel guitar interplay between Snider and the legendary Lloyd Green. "Cheatham Street Warehouse" is a full-on rock 'n' roll tribute to a favorite Texas haunt, with Snider's tough-as-the-blues electric guitar duel with Tommy Womack in the middle and Green's searing steel solo dominating at song's end. "Combover Blues" is a slice of poignant wit, and Snider can't recall precisely why it was left off his original Oh Boy recordings. "I Will Not Go Hungry" is a weather-beaten spiritual reach, while the "Dinner Plans" haiku is all red wine reality. "Stoney" is taken from the much-bootlegged but never-issued Todd Sings Jerry Jeff album that he recorded over a few nights in East Nashville as an aural thank-you note to one of his inspirers. He sat in a chair with eyes closed and played the songs from memory: Todd Snider knows Jerry Jeff Walker songs as well as he knows anything in the world, including but not limited to rolling paper techniques, lighter fluid methodology and San Francisco Giants baseball. "Some Things Are" is another open-hearted endeavor, as is "From A Rooftop," Snider's postcard from the right side of town. Peace, Love and Anarchy is not a post-contract, drag-the-lake affair. It is a carefully constructed collection, and a testament to the potency of a catalogue built during Snider's five-year tenure with the small-but-stout Oh Boy Records family. For the listener, the album is an unprecedented window into Snider's workroom. It's an invitation for us to peer in and watch a gypsy whittle, and for us to whistle along while he works.
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02/17/2011 - Todd Snider's Never-Fading Rebel/Hippie Spirit - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.6              Total Reviews: 85

Todd Snider  04/09/2011            
TX Music Jim
Todd is a truly great artist. Pick this up you will not be let down captures the essence of a Todd show. Play a train song maybe one of the best written songs since we lost Townes!
Todd Snider  03/08/2011            
If you are a fan of todd snider but don't like this album, then I'm not sure you are a real fan. This is exactly what Todd is as an artist. Great story telling with both his songs and stories in between.
Todd Snider  06/30/2010            
todd is so much above country pop its unreal small as in dic* and big as in as**ole can go listen to more of that crap that radio likes all hail toby i'm only in it for the money and have no talent except being repetitive .play more jack,chris,robert earl,billy joe,buffet,prine and emmy or waylon .peace rowdy
Todd Snider  06/13/2009            
great music and a fun and common sense approach to life...i love todd
Todd Snider  06/09/2009            
big is right, liberal music sucks. friggin bob dylan, mellancamp, kristofferson, reckless kelly, and neil young. NO THANKS!!! I'll stick with my boys Toby Kieth, John Rich, and some dang ole' SKYNARD!!! Thanks for opening my eyes big. Not sure what i would have done without you.
Todd Snider  06/03/2009            
Do not buy this stupid poop. It sucks just like those stupid ass liberals.
Todd Snider  06/03/2009            
Do not buy this stupid poop. It sucks just like those stupid ass liberals.
Todd Snider  11/08/2008            
Bad ass. Thats all I have to say.
Todd Snider  05/16/2008            
good stuff man, good stuff!
Todd Snider  09/13/2007            
doug ftw
if your a prine head your going to love it! great story teller and songwriter.
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