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  02/10/2002            
Todd Smith
Todd Snider lit up Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa last night (2/9/02) with an extended set featuring a blend of classics requested on napkins and new tunes from his forthcoming album due May 11, 2002. His wit and keen observations were at center stage most of the night with songs such as "Statician's Blues", "Just In Case" and Kent Finlay's "Plastic Girl." He surprised many however with "Betty Was Black" and "Lonely Girl." As always, Snider's show was lively and left the crowd checking the tour schedule for his next trip.
Todd Snider  01/09/2002            
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This guy is "mega-talented". Look at his discography. Check the credits on MOST "progressive" country jewels, he's there!!. I only wish I was able to slip him into my play list back in Conroe,Tx.!! Not happening, Damn. Hope he visits Mid- and, SE Texas SOON .He's written so many realistic,honest tunes. What a blast! Dare I say it, a new - hipper, Jerry Jeff. BB
Todd Snider  11/24/2001            
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Todd Snider  11/02/2001            
Elaine Z
My boyfriend introduced me to Todd Snider after he went to a show in Birmingham. Todd's unique sound blew my mind. He is wicked awesome!
Todd Snider  09/22/2001            
billy bob
I own all 5 albums and they all are great. Daily Planet is the best album but some of the new songs on Happy To Be here show the prgression Todd has made since I first heard him 4 years ago. His live shows have changed of late (he now tours minus the rock band 'nervous recks') however the new sound is a refreshing change. The music is fun and todd is the best live act i have seen. If you have not seen the live show GO!
Todd Snider  09/16/2001            
Park Conner
I was in a record store, when over the speakers came "You Think You Know Someboby". I asked for the CD and I have not been the same since that day in '95. Todd blows me away everytime I listen. His songs hit every emotion. Thanks, Todd P.S. Keep Off the Grass!!!!
Todd Snider  07/20/2001            
Jay S
I caught Todd opening up for Ellis Paul at a free concert in a local park in NJ. WOW! I bought "Happy to Be Here" and haven't let it out of my disc player since. This guy is truly one of the best. Smart lyrics and extremely listenable music. BUY THIS CD!
Todd Snider  05/20/2001            
His lyrics mean something, yet at the same time, he is producing top notch, fun-to-listen-to music.
Todd Snider  02/06/2001            
Rock n' Roll
Todd can do it all. Run, Pass, Block, and Punt. Where would our team be without Todd Snider! And he hasn't missed a game in 4 seasons (except for the time he took himself out in Atlanta). And Todd can be the sneaky one, like that stint in New Jersey. No one handles the pigskin like Todd. I've even upgraded him to a five star QB because of his ability to whip up a new, witty, creative play when the game is on the line!
Todd Snider  02/06/2001            
Rock n' Roll
Todd can do it all. Run, Pass, Block, and Punt. Where would our team be without Todd Snider! And he hasn't missed a game in 4 seasons (except for the time he took himself out in Atlanta). And Todd can be the sneaky one, like that stint in New Jersey. No one handles the pigskin like Todd.
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