Last year, Todd Snider released 'The Excitement Plan,' called the "finest album of his career" by the Associated Press and "brilliant" by The New Yorker. So, what's next for East Nashville's wisecracking,... more »
Last year, Todd Snider released 'The Excitement Plan,' called the "finest album of his career" by the Associated Press and "brilliant" by The New Yorker. So, what's next for East Nashville's wisecracking, troublemaking troubadour? A live album like you've never heard before. Part Dylan and Kristofferson, part Mitch Hedberg and Bill Hicks, the outspoken Snider has long established his concerts are more than just a set list. 'The Storyteller,' a new double-disc live album out Feb 1 on his own imprint, Aimless Records, captures Snider in his true element: onstage before a rapt audience.
On 'The Storyteller,' you'll hear some of Todd's off-the-cuff and downright hilarious folkloric tales and meditations on contemporary culture, plus all your favorite tracks from recent years, as backed by Great American Taxi during a recent performance in Nashville. Along with many of his most beloved tunes, including standouts like "Tension" and "Rose City," the 24 tracks on the 'The Storyteller' capture Snider's candid takes on the personal and the political, from marijuana legalization and gay rights, to "Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males."
For a glimpse of Snider's sense of humor, watch this live video clip of him introducing his own concert as a "90 minute distraction from our doom" (as heard on 'The Storyteller'): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqlWAhS30pw
Snider, whose "sharp-witted social commentary and shaggy-dog stories" (Philadelphia Inquirer) have earned him recognition as "one of roots music's slyest, smartest songwriters" by SPIN Magazine, has long held fans of rock 'n' roll, folk, country, and Americana in his sway. His acclaimed 2006 release, 'The Devil You Know,' found the barefoot troubadour performing live on Leno and Letterman, and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including SPIN and Rolling Stone. His 'Peace Queer' EP spent five weeks at number one on the Americana chart and inspired All Music Guide to call it "a bittersweet gem."
Great American Taxi hails from Nederland, Colorado, a town that Rolling Stone and the New York Times have hailed as marijuana-friendliest town in the United States. Snider loves that about them, plus the fact that they play "medicinal Americana music."
Most recently, Snider produced and co-wrote Jason D. Williams' album 'Killer Instincts.' Todd Snider will tour the US this winter. Check here for tour dates: http://www.toddsnider.net/tour.cfm « less