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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  08/04/2003            
Sniderhead
awesome!
Todd Snider  08/03/2003            
T.G.
This is one of my favorite albums. Some tongue in cheek "funny" stuff like ALRIGHT GUY & MY GENERATION PT.2 and some serious stuff that will make you think. The bonus track TALKIN SEATTLE GRUNGE ROCK BLUES is great!
Todd Snider  05/12/2003            
Mel
This is Todd's first live cd and, in my opinion, captures Todd's live performances perfectly. Combine the talents of, a great song writer and hilarious story teller with an uncanny ability to "connect" with his audience and you begin to scratch the surface of this man's musical abilities. As time passes, i get older, Todd gets better and better. And check out two of his best friends' music on here, Jack Ingram and Will Kimbrough are not too shabby either!
Todd Snider  01/02/2003            
El guapo
Saw you at REK in december. Great concert. You can add another fan to your band. Great music and a great atmosphere. Let me know the next time you are in Houston or C. Station.
Todd Snider  09/03/2002            
Keith in Fort Worth
Not Snider's best work but a true testament to his ongoing process of maturing as a songwriter. His wry wit is still evident on songs such as "Broke" and "Dusty Old Stack of Records" and he continues to impress with his more poignant material like "Class of '85". And in a perfect world the title track would be a big single. Perhaps the true gem on the album is his take on mentor/label owner John Prine's "Crooked Piece of Time" (the only song on the record not penned by Snider and featuring background support from Prine himself). Still, there are a few low points on the album...something that is usually rare on a Snider release. No doubt Snider thought all of the songs belonged on the album and there is nothing wrong with making music for one's self. But these few songs disappoint the listener used to Snider albums chock full of keepers with only the rare clinker. Nevertheless the true Snider fan will overlook the few soft spots and very much enjoy this record with its group of crackerjack musicians and its excellent songwriter.
Todd Snider  08/12/2002            
Jennifer
Just saw Todd Snider at the Edmonton Folk Festival and fell in love - with his music. Very insightful and funny guy with a knack for telling it like it is about this crazy world. Definately going to add this one to my music library.
Todd Snider  06/06/2002            
Beth
he puts me in wtvr mood i wanna be in. I can always count on this guy for emotional support. Keep the hits coming.
Todd Snider  06/05/2002            
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This album is the work of a GENIUS The lyrics hit HOME..Todd is speaking of u and me
Todd Snider  05/09/2002            
Kirk Lockhart
Excellent CD from start to finish. This one has all the best of Todd. It has funny, upbeat songs ("Beer Run", "Vinyl Records"); it has quiet, introspective songs ("Anywhere", "Class of '85"); the Buddy Holly-esque "Easy" with excellent backup vocals by Kim Richey; the great duet w/ John Prine on Prine's "Crooked Piece of Time"; plus many more including a haunting tribute to Todd's good friend Eddy Shaver ("Waco Moon"). Buy this one and several for your friends and family...you won't regret it.
Todd Snider  05/07/2002            
guitar man
I think a lot of people that listen to the music associated with this web site haven't yet figured out that Todd Snider is one of the most talented writers out there today. Listen to any of his albums three times and you will be hooked. He has an ability that isn't often found. He'll touch your heart, make you laugh and leave you with the feeling of "where the hell does this guy come up with this stuff?". The new album is great, but, I am obviously biased. If nothing else you should buy the album to hear the "Texas" Beer-run. The original version!
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