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East Nashville Skyline

Todd Snider

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“Too late to die young now,” Todd Snider declares on 2004’s East Nashville Skyline. Growing older doesn’t mean that this country-rock wiseacre has lost his wild streak, however. There’s keen social satire to be found in these songs, as well as an acceptance of life’s hard knocks and sorrows. Will Kimbrough’s unvarnished production frames Snider’s scruffy charm nicely, mixing folksy acoustic ditties with some full-throttle rock ‘n’ roll. “Tillamook County Jail,” “Age Like Wine” and “Nashville” have the weather-beaten wit of vintage Guy Clark or John Prine; “Incarcerated” and “Play a Train Song” careen with the drive of vintage Chuck Berry. Snider casts his lyric net wide, offering a peptalk to Mike Tyson (“Iron Mike’s Main Man’s Last Request”), defending the honor of garage rock (“The Ballad of the Kingsmen”), and leading his fans in a life-affirming singalong (“Enjoy Yourself”). Of particular note is “Sunshine,” a moody confessional tune that manages that find hope amidst a litany of despair. East Nashville Skyline is a testament to Snider's endurance, good humor and essential humanity.

Customer Reviews


Yes we are serious and "really"! to the negative reviews. If you've never heard of him, your probably not at all into Folk music, and those of us who are, probably are glad your not. The fellow who says he doesn't get the "liberal mind" is probably one of the reasons track 8 was written. Great music for us!

The Best Artist No One's Ever Heard of

This is probably my favorite album. It is the best country/rock album out there and no one has ever heard of it. Todd Snider adds comedy into his songs creating an overall fun and enjoyable experience when listening. After listening for 5 minutes you realizes hes liberal and he isnt afraid to show that. As many people may not listen to liberal music just for that fact just give it a try and buy track 6 and listen if you dont like it i will be surprised but hey whats one dollar.

Simply a Masterpiece

For those of you who have never heard of Todd Snider (And probably never will), he is a true master of his craft. Blending old-stlye country, folk, and easy-going rock, Mr. Snider catches a grimmer side of life, all the while throwing his own comedic satire into the mix. He sees life as it truely is; A hell of a rocky road that sometimes leads you down a pleasant path. If you want an album that makes you think, laugh, and give you an introspective look at the hard times, give this guy a chance. For years, I have wanted to see Todd hit the mainstream of success and riches, but that would only turn him into a contradiction of the man he is. Long live Snider and his legacy of blunt subtlety.


Born: October 11, 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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