Todd Snider's music reflects working class struggles

2012-07-13T00:00:00Z Todd Snider's music reflects working class strugglesBy Tom Lounges Times Correspondent
July 13, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Todd Snider has been critically praised for years as being a wordsmith capable of being mentioned in the same breath as Bob Dylan, yet he has remained largely under the radar since his 1994 MCA Records debut, "Songs for the Daily Planet."

Snider's debut LP yielded two Top 40 songs — "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" and "Alright Guy" (later covered by country artist Gary Allan). Yet he never became an epic hit–maker, but rather a musical cult–hero who tells the true story of America's working class.

The East Nashville singer, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller returns to Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House on July 19, armed with new tunes from his latest release, "Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables," a rootsy 10-song set that may be his best overall effort yet.

"Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables," released in March, has drawn praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone for its topical and spiritual connection to the current "Occupy" movement sweeping the nation. Snider is a troubadour for today's working class much the same way Dylan, Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger were to generations past.

Songs from the album include "In Between Jobs" and "New York Banker."

"This record doesn't come from good times," said Snider, a scruffy sort  with a bohemian look. "I wanted (this album) to sound the way I feel, which sometimes means sounding like a broken soul."  


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