TODD SNIDER: PICKIN’. GRINNIN’. TELLIN’ STORIES. TAKIN’ REQUESTS.
MAY 21 @ 8:00 PM
OPENING ACT: DANIEL RODRIGUEZ
Doors 7:00pm // Show 8:00pm
$30 MEMBERS | $35 ADVANCE | $45 DAY OF
You don?t often hear about an artist reinventing their sound twenty albums into a celebrated career. But for Todd Snider, his latest release, First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder (2021), isn?t so much a sudden change in direction as an arrival after years of searching.
Since debuting in 1994, Snider has gone through his own incarnations. His first single ?Talking Seattle Blues? was a head fake that might?ve pointed to goofy novelty songs. But he quickly showed that his artistic quiver was much deeper and more interesting. A storyteller who works a similar creative soil to John Prine and Shel Silverstein, Snider?s best songs are both sad and funny, political and entertaining, and always written with a poet?s eye and a stand-up comedian?s sensibility about the follies of human condition.
While he?s made twenty fine albums, it?s on stage where Snider is even more potent, with between-song banter that weaves subtle emotional threads through his sets. A road dog who loves the road, Snider has toured with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Jimmy Buffett, and appeared at festivals like Farm Aid, Newport Folk Fest, Lockn? and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Snider was born in Portland, Oregon, and lived there until his family moved to Houston, Texas. When he was 15, he ran away from home with a friend and went back to Portland. After high school, he moved to Santa Rosa, California, to be a harmonica player. Then his brother, who lived in Austin, Texas, bought him a ticket to come live there. After seeing Jerry Jeff Walker in a local bar, Snider decided that he didn?t need a band to be a musician.
After moving to Memphis, Tennessee, in the mid-1980s and establishing residency at a club named the Daily Planet, he was discovered by Keith Sykes, a member of Jimmy Buffett?s Coral Reefer Band. A longtime acquaintance of John Prine and Walker, Sykes began to work with Snider to help advance his career. Prine hired him as an assistant and then invited him to open shows. In time, Buffett heard Snider?s demo tapes and signed him to his own label. On his music, Snider has said ?I was just trying to come up with the best ? most open hearted ? well-thought-out lyrics I could come up with. I wanted every song to be sad and funny at the same time, vulnerable and entertaining at the same time, personal and universal at the same time. I wanted every song to be as uniquely written as possible and then I wanted to perform them in a studio loose and rugged and hopefully as uniquely as I could. My hope is to be hard to describe and/or new ? I?m not saying I am. I?m just saying that?s the hope.?
Snider has been touring for close to thirty years and will continue to make the road his home for the foreseeable future with another live album forthcoming in 2022.