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Todd Snider

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  • Born: Portland, OR
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.toddsnider.net
  • Recent Activity: 07.30.15 Our friend Raelyn Nelson is playing tonight at the new Basement East over in East Nashville at 9pm.
  • Todd Snider

  • Todd Snider

  • Todd Snider

  • Todd Snider

  • Todd Snider


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Singer/songwriter Todd Snider first garnered attention for his timely alt-rock satire "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," a folk-rock song that struck a chord with younger people fed up with angry alternative rock bands, and at the same time, appealed to aging rockers who grew up with the folk revival of the 1960s. Snider was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in Santa Rosa, Austin, Houston, and Atlanta. After moving to Memphis in the mid-'80s and establishing residency at a local club named the Daily Planet, he was discovered by singer/songwriter Keith Sykes, a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. Sykes began to work with Snider to help advance his career, and after passing on demo tapes of Snider to Buffett, he was signed to the star's Margaritaville Records. Snider's debut album, Songs for the Daily Planet was released in the fall of 1994; "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" was added to the album as an afterthought only after intense lobbying by a Canadian music critic, and ultimately became a minor hit.

On his second effort, 1996's Step Right Up, Snider and his band, the Nervous Wrecks (comprised of lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough, bassist Joe Mariencheck, drummer Joe McLeary, and keyboardist David Zollo), continued blending bluegrass, blues, folk-rock, and country-rock to forge their own distinctive sound. On his third album, 1998's Viva Satellite, Snider took a Tom Petty approach, replacing much of his acoustic setup with twang-drenched electric guitar. In 2000, he signed to John Prine's Oh Boy label and returned to his singer/songwriter roots with Happy to Be Here. He recorded three more records for the label, 2002's New Connection, 2003's Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live, and 2004's East Nashville Skyline. That Was Me: The Best of Todd Snider 1994-1998 was released on Hip-O in 2005, and the next year Snider's eighth album, Devil You Know, came out. In 2008 Snider released the politically charged Peace Queer, an eight-song collection of antiwar songs as filtered through Snider's signature wit and amiable pathos. The Excitement Plan appeared from Yep Roc Records in 2009. In 2011, he released the two-disc concert set Live: The Storyteller, while 2012 saw both a traditional studio outing, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, plus a tribute album, Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
08.06.15 City Winery New York, NY US
08.07.15 City Winery New York, NY US
08.13.15 The National Richmond, VA US
08.16.15 Park Street Saloon Columbus, OH US
09.10.15 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL US
09.11.15 Riverside Ballroom Green Bay, WI US
09.12.15 Fitzgerald Theater Saint Paul, MN US
09.13.15 Fargo Theatre Fargo, ND US
09.15.15 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT US
09.16.15 The Top Hat Missoula, MT US


  • 07.30.15 Our friend Raelyn Nelson is playing tonight at the new Basement East over in East Nashville at 9pm.
  • 07.28.15 Song review: Hard Working Americans 'Dope is Dope' - Tahoe Onstage | Lake Tahoe music concerts... http://t.co/xiuyMALbwk
  • 07.28.15 Wow...this Elmo Buzz shirt just won't die...enough requested that TeeSpring brought it back again! Get one while... http://t.co/AaCUZOPjMP
  • 07.26.15 20 years ago today, Todd (now bandmates with Dave and Duane in the Hard Working Americans) sat-in with Widespread... http://t.co/DYmDuQhShL
  • 07.22.15 More shows to announce in September with Elizabeth Cook. Tickets go on sale Friday. #occupymainstreet 9/14 -... http://t.co/cvxHGo0AF0
  • 07.19.15 my friend e cook is back in town and some pretty heavy people are getting excited about what she is up to these... http://t.co/fBBkzLEOKy
  • 07.18.15 If Kris Kristofferson comes out to your show at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, you must be doing something... http://t.co/D9EXV32VVv
  • 07.17.15 Hard Working Americans released a new single today to all digital outlets. Get your ears on 'Dope is Dope'... http://t.co/Rri0e7tqtX
  • 07.17.15 Tickets go on sale today for these shows in September (fyi, Chicago is not sold out, only the presale sold out... http://t.co/x170ybi9XG
  • 07.15.15 New solo dates upcoming in September when Todd hits the road with Elizabeth Cook. More dates to be announced... http://t.co/yz8UiD1s4q
  • 07.11.15 ♫ Today: Memphis, TN - Jul 11 at LEVITT SHELL http://t.co/KrkIIwIre3