Singer-songwriter Todd Snider was born October 11, 1966, in Portland, OR, and lived there until his family moved to Houston. When he was 15, he ran away from home with a friend and went back to Portland. After high school, he moved to Santa Rosa, CA., to be a harmonica player. Then his brother, who lived in Austin, Texas, bought him a ticket to move there.
After seeing Jerry Jeff Walker in a local bar, Snider decided that he didn't need a band to be a musician.
I wanted every song to be as uniquely written as possible and then I wanted to perform them in a studio loose and rugged and hopefully as uniquely as I could. My hope is to be hard to describe and/or new…I'm not saying I am. I'm just saying that's the hope."
He released two more albums for MCA, Step Right Up and Viva Satellite before moving to John Prine's Oh Boy Records where he made Happy to Be Here, New Connection, Near Truths and Hotel Rooms, East Nashville Skyline, and Peace Love and Anarchy. That Was Me: The Best of Todd Snider 1994–1998 was released on the Hip-O Records label in August 2005.
Snider's next studio album, The Devil You Know, was released in August 2006. It marked his return to a major label, New Door Records, a subsidiary of Universal Records. The Devil You Know was named to several critics' year-end "best" lists, including a No. 33 ranking in Rolling Stone magazine's top 50 albums of the year, a No. 25 ranking by No Depression magazine, and No. 14 by Blender magazine.
Snider's album, Peace Queer, was released on October 14, 2008, and reached No. 1 on the Americana Airplay Chart on October 27, 2008.
His album, The Excitement Plan, was released on June 9, 2009, on the YepRoc Label and was produced by Don Was. Snider contributed a cover version of "A Boy Named Sue" to the 2010 Sugar Hill Records album Twistable Turnable Man, a tribute by various artists to songwriter Shel Silverstein.
Snider's songs "Late Last Night" and "I Believe You" have been recorded by the Oklahoma red dirt band Cross Canadian Ragweed. He co-wrote the song "Barbie Doll" with country star Jack Ingram.
In February 2011 Todd Snider released a double disc live album called The Storyteller on his own record label Aimless Records. The album features live versions of songs spanning much of Snider's career along with some of the stories that have become a staple of his live show.
In April 2012 Todd Snider released two albums. The original, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, and a tribute album, Time As We Know It: The Songs Of Jerry Jeff Walker. The latter album is an homage to country singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker. American Songwriter claims, "Snider has been carrying on Walker’s scraggly Texas-styled country/Americana tradition since he started."
The album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables was listed at #47 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying " One of the sharpest, funniest storytellers in rock, Snider keeps the indictments coming."
It was a very intense concert and the crowd was very enthusiastic about the music. It was not my cup off thee but it was nice to hear the local folk blues kinda music. The singer really gave it all. It's a true performer! Some lyrics I found even rude or very weird but that's probably because I'm not a local. The folk or country lyrics I found very offensive to certain people. But maybe they just tell it the way it is and how they think or fell about certain things.
They were fine but I wouldn't call it very creative or outstanding. It's nice for a night in the park! I didn't like the violin intermissions in the songs, I liked it more without the violin. But that's just me, I thought she was out off key a lot off times! But I have to say, the music I've seen so far was different and from a high level to compare with. The people had a great time and that's already a good thing.
Thanks and good luck with the music but it's not my cup off thee!