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Editors’ Notes

This engaging set emphasizes the storytelling side of Todd Snider’s talents giving him room to tease, tickle and provoke an appreciative crowd. His debts to the likes of John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker seem obvious here, though Snider’s personal vulnerability and incisive Southern wit are distinctly his own. Highlights include the droll character sketches “Doublewide Blues” and “I Can’t Complain,” the perceptive “Tension” and the tender, elegiac “Waco Moon.” Snider sometimes goes for the easy laughs, as “Beer Run” and “Broke” show. But he’s also capable of razor-sharp, Mort Sahl-like satire, as “Statistician’s Blues” reveals. Todd’s between-song patter is not to be missed, with “The Story of the Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern” offering some revealing memories of his scuffling days. His show-biz commentary “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” is included, though its topicality has faded with time. What’s most appealing about Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live is Snider’s effortless way with a crowd — you can’t help liking this guy, warts and all.

Customer Reviews

Todd in his element

I used to enjoy going to see Todd Snider play at little hole-in-the-wall dives in Memphis, such as the Daily Planet, with a few friends. I knew someone who knew a guy who played with him some, and the first time I heard Todd, I was blown away by his ability to get a song across. No flashy guitar, not the most on-pitch singing voice, just great freaking SONGS, man. It was often just him, or sometimes with another singer/guitarist like Fred Wittber, or a bongo player like Mark Jordan, but it was a connection with the audience that made him and his songs so special. I wanted to hear what he had to say next every time a song was over. This album comes the closest to any of his solid body of work to recreating that feeling, that you were somehow a part of it all, and even great, just by being there and paying attention and being entertained. If you ever have the chance, please go see him live. It is the very best way to experience his music. If you don't have the chance, well, play this CD a lot, close your eyes, and LISTEN. You won't be sorry.

Todd Snider: Definitely Alive

Todd Snider finds the sweet spot between rock and folk, electric and acoustic, and funny and moving. This live album is virtually the same as seeing the man in concert, with live sound bites to exemplify his humor. Snider's humor comes out in his songs "Beer Run" and "Statistician's Blues". His emotional prowess comes to life in the songs "Long Year" and "I Spoke As a Child". "Near Truths and Hotel Rooms" is definitely one not to be missed.

Brilliant live album

this album is one of the best live albums that i have ever heard. Sniders witty song resonate with this fromat compared to, im my mind, over produced tone of his studio albums. The stories that proceed some of the songs are, alone, a reason to purchase this album. great road trip/fishing album


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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