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From his opening rasp, Todd Snider channels Randy Newman. He wryly serves himself up as the town crier and gets down to business with a greasy blues that traces the history of inequality and touches on the history of religion. The Occupy movement might find its most caustic musical spokesman in Snider. However, he's not one to be easily characterized. "New York Banker" tells of a teacher who learns what happened to his retirement nest egg, but Snider unspools plenty of other stirring tales. "Brenda" is a love song for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; it's based on Keith's nasty nickname for his lifelong pal and features a Richards-like guitar riff. "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown" is done up as a gnarled cover of the Jimmy Buffett tune. Fact is, the sound of this album is raw and fantastic, reliant on Snider's rudimentary acoustic guitar, Amanda Shires' hearty violin, and vocal harmonies that are rough and ready to take on all challenges.


Born: 11 October 1966 in Portland, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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