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Editors’ Notes

Todd Snider’s fifth album finds the singer/songwriter mining the pathos and humor motherlode. He spins heartbreakers (“Anywhere,” “Class of 85,” the downright mournful “Waco Moon”) and jokesters (“Vinyl Records” and the absolutely alchy-essential “Beer Run”) alongside country-tinged thumpers (the title song and “Easy”) and bluesy asides (“Statisticians Blues,” “Broke”). Snider is backed by a wondrous cast of players, including members of John Prine’s touring combo, some true Nashville studio maestros, and the esteemed Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, The Jayhawks, Steve Earle). The musicianship shows; the arrangements are sturdy yet loose-limbed, so the playing never gets in the way of the songs. The whole thing is a chuckle-filled, self-deprecating tour that takes you deep into lazy Southern nights, blue-collar hoods, and beat barrooms with killer jukeboxes where “you ain’t worth a dime when you’re broke” and outsiders “make lucky breaks look easy.” John Prine himself cameos on his own “Crooked Piece of Time.” Here, Snider was well on his way to becoming an avatar of a modern-day American storyteller, humorist, and songwriter.

Customer Reviews


Todd Snider is the best kept secret in music. This album is more of a mellow tone. Great for any novice or experienced Todd Snider fan. Countless number of great songs. The best are Class of 85, New Connection, Vinyl Records, Rose City, Easy, Crooked Piece of Time, Broke, Waco Moon


Great album, great folk singer! Love that he threw a John prine song in there too!!!

A couple of good songs

like Beer Run and Rose City.


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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