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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 85

Todd Snider  09/06/2007            
me too
because kid, just because
Todd Snider  08/30/2007            
Why todd,why?
Todd Snider  07/16/2007            
You need to go back to work at the car wash!
Todd Snider  04/10/2007            
This cd is awesome. I listen to it all the time. All the songs are well written and very clever.
Todd Snider  04/03/2007            
Great CD. If you like acoustic and mix of harmonica you can get it with this. Good for hanging out on the deck enjoying life with friends. This man can write music and tell some great stories. very funny guy.
Todd Snider  03/14/2007            
Actually, if you really pay attention, you will hear that it is about George W. Bush. "He'll get away with this new thing too."
Todd Snider  03/13/2007            
hey andy if u lived in san marcos where the inspiration for that song comes, you would know, that song speaks the complete truth about frats and all the bullpoop surrounding them
Todd Snider  03/01/2007            
andy ligon
frat boys in got a way with it,,,,, just plain childish,,,, get real guy , other than this one its good
Todd Snider  03/01/2007            
andy ligon
frat boys in got a way with it,,,,, just plain childish,,,, get real guy , other than this one its good
Todd Snider  02/21/2007            
Boss Hoss
I can not believe this is the first review of Todd's latest installment into great singer/songwirter hall of fame on LSM. What the hell is wrong with you people. I guess maybe you haven't heard this record yet. What the hell is wrong with you people. I picked this up off the rack at LSM and listened to it 5 times before taking it out of my CD player in the truck. I did that so I could bring it the house. Then everytime some came to the house I said, "you got to hear this." Great lyrics and dynamics. It just scratching cool to listen to.
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