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Austin Chronicle - 07/12
AH&SF / Time As We Know It
Good news: Todd Snider's released two albums in the span of two months. One collects songs associated with his hero Jerry Jeff Walker. It's lovingly curated, shambolic in all the right places, and celebrates the Texas troubadour's 70th birthday in high style, with an emphasis on the high...

Rolling Stone - 06/12
Time As We Know It Review
Todd Snider credits his transformation into stoner-folk troubadour to a Jerry Jeff Walker show he saw at 19. This covers LP pays tribute on 14 narrative-heavy tracks, from the jailhouse ballad "Mr. Bojangles" to the beer-soaked "Takin' It as It Comes."

Nashville Scene - 05/12
How Todd Snider...Became One of Nashville's Most Respected Musical Exports
Todd Snider was still in high school when he had the epiphany that would deliver him from the varsity football lifestyle — and the straight and narrow existence that awaited him. Nowadays, when the congenially scruffy singer-songwriter takes the stage, he puts his storytelling genius to use...

Art Now Nashville
- 05/12
Todd Snider Gets Heads Nodding and Working
Todd Snider’s intent, in capturing the new Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, was “to make a mess,” he’s said. And it is messy, this 10-track mix of blues-rock abandon and gospel-y vocal harmony beds and scruffy, strummy roots music...

Pop Matters
- 05/12
Time As We Know It
As origin stories go, that’s about as unpretentious as it gets. But, that’s Todd Snider all over. Few artists in this or any age can both claim and appear to be taking it less seriously than Snider while managing to entrance, engage, and delight audiences with his performances, with his often astonishing songs...

Rolling Stone - 04/12
Q&A: Todd Snider on His New LP
"I've always avoided the notion that I'm smart because I know three chords and somehow managed not to get a real job," says Todd Snider. "I mean, I smoke more dope before 9 a.m. than most people do in a whole day." And yet Snider has spent two decades writing sharp, sad and often hilarious roots-folk songs...

American Songwriter
- 04/12
American Songwriter Live: Todd Snider
Todd Snider is only a few minutes late for his American Songwriter recording session. He walks in sporting dark sunglasses and an old pair of Chuck Taylors, his hat cocked at a rakish tilt. It’s just after 11 a.m., but we’re impressed the man is even awake, given his reputation as a late-night bard of the gonzo variety...

Boulder Weekly
- 04/12
Todd Snider's Bipolar Spring
Our rationale goes something like this: Hey, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and USA Today have already lauded Todd Snider’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, the songwriter’s none-too-subtle screed against the current trickledown angst consuming an American public being prepped for four years as Mitt Romney’s pool boy...
NPR - 04/12
Stoner Fables with a Layered Worldview
Todd Snider is, on one level, your average guitar-strumming singer-songwriter with varying amounts of musical accompaniment for songs he sings with mush-mouthed intimacy. But Snider, now in his mid-40s and impressively prolific, is also an exceptional singer-songwriter, able to set up scenes with quick, precise details...

Yahoo! Music - 04/12
The Agnostic Stoner Dilemma, In Person
One of the most talented and adept singer-songwriters out there working, blending humor, pathos and superb musicianship, Todd Snider is a wonder to behold...

Oregon Live - 04/12
Honestly, Todd Snider's One of America's Most Incisive Songwriters
A conversation (in three parts) with Beaverton-native-turned-East Nashville-denizen Todd Snider, celebrated songwriter, truth-teller and trickster, on the occasion of two new records, an Aladdin Theater show Wednesday and an ever-expanding profile...

New York Times - 04/12
It All Started One Night in the '80s at Gruene Hall
In 1985, a few years before the words “singer-songwriter” were permanently affixed to his name, 19-year-old Todd Snider showed up in San Marcos, knowing only that he had come “to sing"...

The Source Weekly - 04/12
The Rest of My Interview with Todd Snider
Ahead of his Tower Theater appearance on April 17th, I had the chance to ask Nashville (via Portland) songwriter Todd Snider, some questions about his latest album Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, his own wicked sense of humor, and his views about songwriting...

The Source Weekly
- 04/12
Todd Snider Gives Voice to America One Last Time
Every now and then an artist comes along who reminds us to look beyond our surroundings and consider what’s going on in this world. For years now, folk singer Todd Snider has been one of those artists...

Maverick - 02/12
Borderline Review
Snider has built up a devoted and loyal following over the course of a long career that has seen him pay his dues in more ways than one! A hardscrabble and angry chronicler of what he sees as wrong in the world, in religion, in politics, in business, in the lives of the dispossessed and marginalised...

Pop Matters - 04/12
AH&SF Review
On Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, Nashville singer-songwriter Todd Snider has opened up a can of bitter. This isn’t to say that his satiric side or self-deprecating tendencies have faded—there just seems to be more for Snider to be jaded about...

Magnet - 03/12
From the Desk of Kevn Kinney
Todd Snider is the real deal. I’ve seen a lot of singer/songwriters in my day. but never one quite like Todd. When he walks out onstage with that hat and bare feet he looks no different than if he’s getting me a beer from the fridge...

 

Relix - 03/12
AH&SF Review
Todd Snider bestowed the title Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables on his twelfth album for a reason. The songs come from a thoroughly contrarian pointof-view and let listeners who identify with underdogs (i.e. most of us) in on the joke...

The Arts Desk - 03/12
Q&A: Todd Snider
He has been called “America’s sharpest musical storyteller” by Rolling Stone, and has enough talent to give Bob Dylan’s talking blues a run for their money. The East Nashville-based singer-songwriter, guitarist, yarn-spinner, troubadour and amiably agnostic stoner has 10 new stories on his 14th album...

JamBase - 03/12
Not Killing the Rich
Money is a hell of a thing. No matter how much one tries not to care, it’s the grease that makes the world turn ‘round, the coin for our daily bread, not to mention our nights on the town and miles of highway that fill our tanks...

AllMusic - 03/12
AH&SF Review
Todd Snider is usually described as a singer/songwriter, but that description seems a little too tidy for what he does. Snider is more of a guy who can sort of carry a tune with his craggy, weather-beaten voice while he spins tall tales of the many things he's seen while out on the road...

American Songwriter - 03/12
AH&SF Review
From the title, you’d have no idea that Todd Snider’s 12th album was any different from his others, which contain plenty of agnostic hymns and bounties of stoner fables. But it’s keyed lyrically around the economy and musically around Amanda Shires, a helpful vocalist and a relevatory violinist, which in no way means it’s sappy—this is his darkest album ever...

Paste - 03/12
Todd Snider Interview
Drifters is an East Nashville bar, a tan, squat, cinder-block building that serves up barbecue, nachos, corn dogs and Brunswick stew. It’s an easy walk from Todd Snider’s house, and the singer/songwriter often strolls over to imbibe some beverages and match tall tales with the other barflies...

Paste - 03/12
AH&SF Review
Chock full of songs about crooked bankers, the pleasures of recreational drugs and the evils of organized religion, Todd Snider’s reputation as America’s favorite alt-folk shit disturber remains firmly intact...

Salon - 03/12
Folk Music for the Occupy Era
It’s 10 a.m. and Todd Snider has just stepped away from an all-night poker game to talk with Salon about his new album, “Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables"...

New York Times - 03/12
AH&SF Review
The murder ballad has been around for centuries, but Todd Snider offers an of-the-moment spin on his latest album, “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables"...

USA Today - 03/12
Hymns is Praiseworthy
Todd Snider has always been something of a wiseguy, rattling off circuitous tall tales about the Seattle music scene or music censorship and Louie Louie...

A/V Club - 03/12
AH&SF Review
Lest we forget, Todd Snider was a fairly divisive figure when he broke nationally in the early ’90s. With his indie-rock looks and sarcastic folk songs about his generation...

eMusic - 03/12
AH&SF Review
Todd Snider’s been doing the politically-inspired, wiseacre folkie thing for close to 20 years now, so it’s admirable...

Rolling Stone - 03/12
AH&SF Review
Alternative title: Occupy Nashville. Todd Snider's latest is the sharpest musical response yet to the excesses of the one percent: hilarious, infuriated broadsides about economic injustice delivered in Snider's stoner drawl over twangy roots rock...

A/V Club - 02/12
Todd Snider unveils recession ode...
As we reported last month, singer-songwriter-wiseass-national treasure Todd Snider will release a new album, Agnostic Hymns And Stoner Fables, March 6. In the meantime, we're pleased to stream the sloppy, welfare-funded skronk-blues of In Between Jobs...

Flagstaff Live
- 02/12
East Nashville Instigator
For fans of singer-songwriter Todd Snider, anytime he churns out a new album is a cause for extreme jubilation. Since his 1994 debut album Songs for the Daily Planet, and before, Snider has been slowly and methodically collecting a devoted fanbase that hangs on his every word...

Flagstaff Live
- 02/12
Adventures in Folk Singing
The last time singer-songwriter Todd Snider played Flagstaff was in November of 2004. As far as I can tell, it’s the only time—aside from his show here this Friday—that he’s played here...

Cincinnati.com
- 10/11
Todd Snider Plays It All
Many have tried to describe Todd Snider. The singer-songwriter has been compared to John Prine, probably because they both write songs that are funny and poignant...

Charleston City Paper - 09/11
Todd Snider is an Alright Guy
Todd Snider's the guy in the back of your high school math class cracking wise. A real smack-talking, dope-smoking free spirit with a folk-singing patois, lined with satirical asides, lighthearted irreverence, and self-deprecating wit...

Tigard Times - 07/11
The Storyteller Comes Home
Beaverton native Todd Snider has made a career singing about his Oregon childhood. Now, after years on the road, the 44-year-old singer-songwriter is planning a return trip to the town he grew up in...

Sports Illustrated - 06/11
Sports Illustrated's Ultimate Playlist
Dock Ellis's 1970 no-hitter on LSD has inspired at least a half dozen songwriters. Barbara Manning and the SF Seals did the trippiest version, in 1993, but Snider, a countryish storyteller from the John Prine school, has the most entertaining...

Chico Enterprise-Record - 06/11
Todd Snider a True Entertainer
To the familiar strains of Quincy Jones's "The Streetbeater" — better known as the theme to the 1970s sit-com Sanford and Son — self-professed stoner folk musician Todd Snider strolled shoeless on to the stage for a sold-out show...

Brattleboro Reformer - 06/11
The Snider House Rules: A Gypsy Song Man’s Manifesto
On a track called "18 Minutes Speech" from his double concert CD "Todd Snider Live -- The Storyteller," the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter pretty much lays out for his audience his performance manifesto...

Washington Post - 05/11
Todd Snider Interview
Todd Snider may be the most likable man in music. Technically, he’s a singer-songwriter. Or a folk singer. A troubadour. But he transcends, even rejects, all those labels...

Maverick Magazine - 05/11
Interview and Storyteller Review
Maverick Magazin's May issue features an interview with Todd and review of The Storyteller. Check out Maverick-Country.com to buy a digital copy.

CMT News - 04/11
Todd Snider Spins a Long Yarn on The Storyteller
Todd Snider has a knack for putting himself in the shoes of his varied subjects, whether it be a tree on its way to becoming a newspaper or an ex-con trying to land a respectable job, but his true strength may be as a stage performer...

Premier Guitar - 03/11
Ramblin' Down the Road with Todd Snider
Todd Snider is the closest thing we have to Johnny Cash these days. Not that his music sounds anything like Cash’s (because it doesn’t), and not because his songwriting yields gems of a similar lyrical style or cadence (because it doesn’t)...

Rolling Stone - 03/11
Bluesman and Storyteller Todd Snider Plays Old Favorites
Bluesman and raconteur Todd Snider stopped by the Rolling Stone office recently to perform three songs that appear on his new concert album...

The Independent - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
Todd Snider has the kind of audience rapport that comes only through years of one-night stands and the confidence that builds in one's character...

Blurt - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
Live albums can be tricky. More often than not, they come off as nothing more than either a grab the cash and run scam from the label...

Q - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
Hallucinogenic hobo Todd Snider comes at country from an angle similar to the one Bill Hicks approached comedy from...

Crawdaddy - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
You need to look no further than the bridge of 2006’s “Just Like Old Times”, included three songs into his new live collection, to see what kind of genius Todd Snider is.

American Songwriter - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
You’ve probably heard this truism before, “To fully appreciate this artist, you have to see him play live.” In most cases, that turns out to be an exaggeration, if not untrue...

The Austin Chronicle - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
Although Todd Snider's made albums since the mid-1990s, he must be experienced in person to fully appreciate his talents. This double-disc set does a magnificent job of capturing the onetime San Marcos scenester's genius...

Imus in the Morning - 02/11
Todd Snider Performs on Imus in the Morning
Live performance...

No Depression - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
Todd has the rare ability to share a story in a song with both a liberal twist and a touch of humor...

Paste - 02/11
Storyteller Review
Comedy albums aside, I’ve never laughed so many times listening to a record as I did when I put on Todd Snider’s The Storyteller...

Paste - 02/11
Catching Up with Todd Snider
Equal parts Shel Silverstein, Jerry Jeff Walker and Mitch Hedberg, wise-cracking folkie Todd Snider released Live: The Storyteller, an album that documents the thoroughly entertaining stage presence he is known for...

Rolling Stone - 02/11
The Storyteller Review
The funniest folkie since John Prince cuts loose on live set. Todd Snider decided to quit his high school football team during his first mushroom trip...

Village Voice, The - 02/11
Todd Snider Takes Us All For a Beer Run at Joe's Pub
Todd Snider never says "I wrote this song"; it's always "I made this up." Crucial distinction...

WNYC Soundcheck - 02/11
In Studio
Since his emergence in 1994, guitar toting troubadour Todd Snider has toured far and wide, from the “sofa circuit” to Lincoln Center...

Country Weekly - 01/11
The Storyteller Review
Part musician, part comedian and all-around entertainer, Todd Snider knows how to capture an audience’s attention...

Village Voice, The - 01/11
What Would You Say If You Met Bob Dylan?
it's hard to think of new ways to consider bob dylan and his work. he's probably the most debated and discussed singer to ever live...

American Songwriter - 12/10
Todd Snider Names His Top Five Favorite Troubadours
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Snider was feeling “list-y” recently, and sat down to pen an ode to his five favorite troubadours...

Athens News, The - 12/10
Story-telling troubadour back at Stuart’s
Todd Snider likes playing Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, and it's no wonder...

Boulder Weekly - 12/10
Mark Vann Benefit Celebrates Eight Years of Charity
Very few banjo players possess enough talent to influence a music scene so powerfully as the late Leftover Salmon banjoist Mark Vann.

WCPN - 12/10
Ted Gup, Todd Snider and PlayhouseSquare
Dee shares her interview with hard-luck singer-songwriter Todd Snider who returns to the Beachland Ballroom next week...

The SPPS - 11/10
Takin' It As It Comes
I drove up Boulder Canyon Road towards Nederland as night fell, navigating the endless curves in a low gear, a definitive initiation to mountain driving for this relative Colorado newbie...

Tennessean - 11/10
Todd Snider Talks Titans
While Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has yet to pick a side in the ongoing dispute between head coach Jeff Fisher and ex-starting quarterback Vince Young...

Ventura County Star - 11/10
In Life and In Music, Todd Snider Walks to His Own Beat
Hippie-trippy Todd Snider — the screamingly funny left-wing songwriter who usually starts off dressed like a hip college teacher and ends up disheveled and barefoot on stage

The New Yorker - 10/10
Rockin' Their Lives Away
Yesterday was Jerry Lee Lewis’s seventy-fifth birthday. The Killer isn’t as ferocious as he once was, but when he was ferocious, he was more ferocious than any of us will ever be. Except maybe Jason D. Williams

Dirty Impound - 07/10
Todd Snider
Some folks don’t have to try to be wise. It’s unlikely Will Rogers or Groucho Marx did much more than polish the pearls bouncing around inside their heads, and so it is with Todd Snider...

Scene - 07/10
Todd Snider: America's Favorite Pastime
Here in a nutshell is the genius of singer-songwriter Todd Snider: Snider had nine songs ready to be recorded for last year’s Yep Roc release The Excitement Plan. He felt the record needed one more song, but he was tapped out...

NPR - 04/10
Todd Snider on World Cafe
Though Todd Snider's roots trace back to Portland, Ore., his music recalls headstrong Southern styles from Austin, Houston and Atlanta. With more than 10 albums under his belt, Snider continues to exude wit and optimism...

Houston Chronicle - 03/10
Todd Snider's Sad, Funny World
Todd Snider knows his place. He's respectful and reverent toward the great songwriters he's learned from: John Prine, Randy Newman, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Roger Miller and numerous others...

New York Times - 03/10
A Bit Wry and Rough at the Edges
Barefoot, his shirt untucked, a hat pulled down over his forehead, the 43-year-old alt-country singer-songwriter Todd Snider looked the epitome of a scruffy modern troubadour ambling along a rutted Southern highway on the way to nowhere...

NPR - 03/10
Todd Snider, Recorded Live in Concert
Though Todd Snider's roots trace back to Portland, Ore., his music recalls headstrong Southern styles from Austin, Houston and Atlanta. With more than 10 albums under his belt, Snider continues to exude wit and optimism...

Paste - 03/10
Musicians Respond to Health Care Bill
Last Sunday, after more than a year of superheated debate, the House of Representatives voted in favor of reconciling the House and Senate versions of H.R. 3962...

Pop Matters - 03/10
Concert Review
Todd Snider said it best himself: he was only spouting his opinions because they rhymed—and to ease his mind. That anyone ever shows up to his performances is, to him, simply a bonus, one big blessing in the “crazy adventure” that has been his life...

The Republican - 03/10
Songwriter Pleases 'Hamp Crowd
There was a time when Todd Snider would play the Iron Horse Music Hall and there'd be about 50 people scattered about the audience...

29-95 - 03/10
Todd Snider: A 1998 Questionaire
I’ve admired Todd Snider’s work dating back to his debut album, though a recent trio of albums -- East Nashville Skyline, The Devil You Know and The Excitement Plan -- are the great payoff for sticking with him. He’s one of our great songwriters...

Creative Loafing - 02/10
Todd Snider at Skipper's Smokehouse
I gotta be honest, I go to a lot of shows. Anyone who pays any attention to the calendar page of my site knows this. An unfortunate side-effect is that I’ve become slightly de-sensitized to the excitement of seeing a concert...

Nashville Scene - 02/10
Todd Snider May Not Know Anything About Songwriting,
But He's Pretty Good At It

Like any number of artists who draw inspiration from cultural detritus, Todd Snider adds autobiographical spin to his tales of substance abuse, jail time and terminal depression...

Orlando Sentinel - 02/10
Todd Snider: A Way With Words at the Social
It’s a tall order to describe the range of Todd Snider’s songwriting, but the man himself took a stab at it in the early moments of his terrific solo show Saturday at the Social...

Denver Post - 01/10
Live review: Todd Snider @ the Boulder Theater
Nobody tells a story like Todd Snider. He may sound like a slacker stoner, but Snider’s sly delivery and clever lyrics entrance the listener...

Music Fog - 01/10
Todd Snider - Slim Chance
Todd Snider is tuning in the other room. The Music Fog crew has been chasing him for a year. Last March, we somehow inherited his hotel room to use as our upload facility in Austin.

Paste - 01/10
Todd Snider, Director Talk Score for Sundance Film
Todd Snider is hitting the road in five days. Touring, especially down I-35, is nothing new to the Margaritaville Records protégé with more than a dozen records to his name...

Pegasus News - 01/10
Concert Review
With this review, I'm fairly certain that we're striking a record for the most Todd Snider reviews on any site that isn't primarily billed as a fansite. That's because I consider the guy my personal poet laureate, and I rarely miss a show.

Spinner - 12/09
Todd Snider Gets Phishy With His Top 10 Albums of 2009
It's that time of year where people like to make lists and check them twice. While every music blogger and Facebook friend of yours prepares their Top 10 lists for 2009, singer-songwriter Todd Snider gave Spinner a look at his...

BMI - 11/09
BMI Country Awards
Video Interview

The Southern - 11/09
Snider brings a sense of humor and fun to show
Five nights into his co-headlining acoustic tour with Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider was getting ready to enjoy two days off before heading to New York. Already, Snider is having a blast...

Austin 360 - 10/09
ACL Live Interview: Todd Snider
Todd Snider’s increasingly political songwriting crested three years ago and peaked with last year’s pointed EP “Peace Queer"...

Paste - 10/09
Todd Snider Extends U.S. Tour, Starts Radio Show
With a U.S. tour, a book release, and appearances at festivals such as Austin City Limits and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Todd Snider certainly had a busy summer season of storytelling...

Paste - 10/09
ACL Fest - Day One
He fools you with his simple, Texas singer-songwriter style by throwing out some pretty deep lyrics. And some pretty funny ones...

The 9513 - 10/09
Todd Snider, Bruce Robison and Robert Earl Keen Kickoff Barstool Tour in Alexandria
Hall & Oates may have been at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday night to perform Jimmy Wayne’s smash “Sara Smile,” but the best show in town featured co-headliners Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider, and Bruce Robison.

Charleston City Paper - 09/09
Raggedy Man: Todd Snider
Todd Snider has settled down. He's aged. He's matured. He's gotten just a little bit saner...

JamBands.com - 09/09
Todd Snider's New Plan
Todd Snider spent much of his life idolizing singer songwriters such as John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Billy Joe Shaver, whose material illuminated the human experience...

NPR - 09/09
Todd Snider on Mountain Stage
After last year's politically tinged EP Peace Queer, Nashville singer-songwriter Todd Snider headed to the West Coast with renowned producer Don Was and celebrity studio men Greg Liesz and Jim Keltner...

The Oregonian - 09/09
From an unsolved Portland murder, a song is born
Todd Snider didn't kill Harold Penland, but someone did. Someone got into Penland's home on North Vancouver Avenue

Austin Chronicle - 08/09
The Real Y'Alternative
Although his name isn't often bandied about in the same sentences as Son Volt, Wilco, or the Bottle Rockets, Todd Snider is perhaps just enough country, folk, and rock & roll to qualify as "alternative country"...

Caller - Times - 08/09
Todd Snider Has a Plan
Rare is the musical artist who has enough self-restraint to recognize when he is in over his head and is willing to let someone else take the reins...

Huntsville Times - 08/09
Crossroads Preview
Todd Snider, singer, songwriter, storyteller, humorist and just a down-to-earth dude, has gotten better with age - with a little help from his friends...

Q - 08/09
Excitement Plan Review
East Nashville country blues outsider Snider gets a leg-up from producer Don Was and ace drummer Jim Keltner...

USA Today - 08/09
They're all Americana, all Grammy-worthy
With nine albums over 15 years, it's time for the man Rolling Stone calls "quite possibly America's sharpest musical storyteller" to reap glory...

American Songwriter - 07/09
Todd Snider: Man with a Plan
“I like to see them on TV talking,” says indie folkie-raconteur Todd Snider with a twinkle in his eye, addressing modern pop culture’s kinetic charge...

Bandzoogle - 07/09
Featured Artist
In a way it never stops. I'm at it constantly, as I type even I stop to wonder if there is something in this moment about your computer thing that maybe I could sing about in a way that might make someone feel better about being themselves...

Billboard - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
This cult-fave roots-rock veteran has never sounded more like a down-home Randy Newman than he does on "The Excitement Plan"...

BMI - 07/09
Todd Snider Delivers the Excitement Plan
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider is the consummate outsider, a rough cut auteur who, over the course of eleven albums, has distinguished himself as one of American music's most offbeat, arresting voices...

Citizen-Times - 07/09
Todd Snider Brings Americana to the Peel
Todd Snider can tell a story with the wry wit of early Dylan, the smooth back alley croon of J.J. Cale or the stark realism of Randy Newman. It's a gift that has enabled the prolific Nashville-based folkie to deliver his vivid tales...

Country Weekly - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
Alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider populates his songs with characters as vivid as any you’ll find in prose, and The Excitement Plan offers some welcome new additions...

Creative Loafing - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
At some point, even when artistic freedom becomes less a luxury than a right, a musician must face his muse and choose to accept or rebel against destiny...

Esoteric Hollywood - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
I’m not one of those people that are against country music, I’m quite okay with it, however few times do I declare a country album to be extraordinary...

The Independent - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
The success of last year's Peace Queer has enabled Todd Snider to record this follow-up with a name producer – the esteemed Don Was – and a small but top-drawer session crew...

The Irish Times - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
Master of the hilarious simile, this criminally unsung singer-songwriter with a wicked grasp of the sublime and the ridiculous takes time out for the down-and-outs on his latest collection...

KindWeb - 07/09
Excitement Plan Review
While Todd’s songs have always possessed heart and humor, The Excitement Plan showcases his development as both poet and satirist. Armed with skillful turns of phrase, Snider wryly examines his personal life and the myriad faces of humanity...

Mountain Xpress - 07/09
I Have Learned Nothing
"Oh my god, the guy across the street needs to put some f**in' clothes on!" Todd Snider is sitting by the front window of his house in East Nashville, Tenn., enjoying a break from touring behind his latest album, The Excitement Plan. Apparently his neighbor has decided to step outside sans shirt and pants...

Paste - 07/09
Catch Up With...Todd Snider
Singer/songwriter Todd Snider is about to hit the road once again for a handful of dates in support of his new Yep Roc album The Excitement Plan. Always willing and able to make you laugh with his sharp wit and expert storytelling skills...

Paste - 07/09
Almost Everything I Say is True, Says Todd Snider's Upcoming Book
As you may have gleaned from Paste Associate Editor Steve LaBate's rather excellent interview with folkie maven Todd Snider, the dude has just added aspiring author to his resumé. As Snider explains, he's working on a book called Almost Everything I Say Is True...

Paste - 07/09
Dead Celebrities Crazy People Insist are Still Alive...
One day, about a decade ago, Cooper crawled out of an East Nashville sewer, and walked up Todd Snider's house, where the singer/songwriter was sitting on the porch picking guitar, and proceeded to tell him the whole story of the hijacking...

Spin - 07/09
Best Champion of the Underdog: Todd Snider
As he admitted at the outset of his uproarious set in This Tent, Todd Snider has become increasingly opinionated in his songwriting of late...

Twangville - 07/09
Bonnaroo 2009 - Part Two
Snider delivered a set heavy on his excellent new album The Excitement Plan. Several of the songs came across much funnier than the understated arrangements of the record would have suggested...

Twangville - 07/09
Best So Far '09
Although I’m not sure this effort tops his last full length, I still think Todd pens some of the smartest lyrics these days...

American Songwriter - 06/09
Writer of the Week
Todd Snider came to the American Songwriter offices and played four songs from his current album The Excitement Plan, and talked about being on the road and writing songs...

Country Standard Time - 06/09
Excitement Plan Review
It would be easy to assume that using a well-known producer like Don Was was meant to bring about a slicker, more refined Todd Snider, one with some of the rough edges burnished off...

Crawdaddy - 06/09
Excitement Plan Review
Snider grew up on folk and singer-songwriter stuff, and lived all over the United States in his youth, picking up a fondness for country music, or at least the conventions of country songwriting...

The Globe and Mail - 06/09
Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll and...Baseball?
Trips to the mound are no big deals in baseball, as they happen all the time. Trips on the mound, well, that's a different story...

Hickory Wind - 06/09
Todd Snider @ Cat's Cradle
If there were any “Conservative Christian, Right-wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males” in attendance at Todd Snider’s recent show (5/16/09) at the Cat's Cradle they didn’t speak up...

JamBase - 06/09
Excitement Plan Review
We are all of us an amalgamation of scar tissue and unconscious tics that shambles around, directed much more by vicissitudes than any grand scheme, grasping at anything that keeps us from "the lap of poverty," be it literal, emotional or spiritual...

L.A. Times - 06/09
The Excitement Plan Review
[Todd] Snider is an eminently gifted Oregon-born, Nashville-based writer who wields a well-developed sense of humor akin to John Prine and Tom Waits....

New York Times - 06/09
A Bit Wry and Rough at the Edges
Barefoot, his shirt untucked, a hat pulled down over his forehead, the 43-year-old alt-country singer-songwriter Todd Snider looked the epitome of a scruffy modern troubadour...

New York Times - 06/09
The Balladeer of Just Getting By 
“All my heroes — John, Kris, Jerry Jeff, Shel Silverstein, Billy Joe Shaver, Randy Newman — have that gallows humor,” Mr. Snider said...

The New Yorker - 06/09
Night Life
Todd Snider, a rocking country-folk troubadour out of Oregon (and now based in East Nashville), takes a low-key, off-kilter approach in presenting his unique songs, masking a biting wit, some tenderness, and not a little anger...

NPR - 06/09 [audio download + article]
Song for the Unprepared
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider promises that his new album, The Excitement Plan, is "your surefire cure for the hard times." He guarantees it right there in the liner notes: "You can trust me."

NPR - 06/09
Summer Song Favorites
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider hears the sound of summer in the song "Brandy" by Looking Glass...

Paste - 06/09
The Excitement Plan Review
The problem with laughing off a bona-fide wiseass is all that pesky wisdom. And the formerly hard-livin’ Snider—while a veritable sultan of snark—has got that in spades...

Philadelphia Inquirer - 06/09
Concert Previews
Fifteen years on from his raggedly brilliant debut, Todd Snider still comes across like the smart and smart-alecky charmer of his slacker anthem, "Alright Guy"...

Rolling Stone - 06/09
New Music Report: Todd Snider
Rolling Stone’s Christian Hoard says Snider’s “America’s Favorite Pastime” is definitely the best song written about the no-hitter pitched by Doc Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1970 while he was on acid. It’s a track on Snider’s new album The Excitement Plan...

Rolling Stone - 06/09
The Excitement Plan Review
Todd Snider's compressed story-songs are so vivid and knowing that they seem completely plausible, even the one on his new album voiced by a piece of discarded junk mail that dreams of being a tree again...

StarNews Online - 06/09
On the Excitement Plan, Todd Snider Works Out His Issues
For a guy who’s pretty rough around the edges, the singer and songwriter Todd Snider knows how to hone his lyrics to a (rusty) razor sharpness...

Time Out New York - 06/09
Todd Snider courts the Bowery
The great Nashville troubadour Todd Snider headlined Bowery Ballroom Thursday night, a rare semiseated show at the venue...

Time Out New York - 06/09
Nashville Megatalent Sings at Shake Shack [video interview]
Todd Snider, one of the sharpest songwriters in Nashville and, by extension, America, meets Time Out at his in-laws’ apartment on a gloomy Friday morning...

USA Today - 06/09
Todd Snider and Sunday's Tent Revival
Todd Snider's mid-afternoon set was full of surprises. First of all, he brought his producer, Don Was, to accompany him on bass. Then, he brought Robert Earl Keen on stage to join him for Corpus Christi Bay...

USA Today - 06/09
Notable Releases
The stimulus plan not stimulating you? Then try this abundance of wisecracking riches from a guy who's as "broke as the Ten Commandments and sometimes harder to follow"...

Washington Post - 06/09
Live Last Night
The Birchmere's "quiet please" policy was rendered completely and totally irrelevant the second Todd Snider opened the floor up to requests Friday night...

Wasthington Post - 06/09
Editorial Review
When Todd Snider lets the pure energy of his music run free, there's nothing better...

The 9513 - 06/09
Excitement Plan Review
Todd Snider was never a square, but he did start out as a relatively straight-laced country-rocker with a good sense of humor and a keen ear for the ways word can reinforce melody and vice versa...

Rolling Stone - 05/09
America's Favorite Pastime
This loosely grooving vignette documents the night in 1970 when Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis...

Spin - 05/09
Alt-country contrarian brandishes wit and heart
Todd Snider was born in Oregon, but he's a spiritual Texan -- a hardheaded, sharp-penned Americana songwriter...

Albuquerque Journal - 04/09
Snider gives misfits a home in his songs
In the world of singer/ songwriter Todd Snider, the offbeat is very OK. For instance...

Earbender - 04/09
Opening Day 2009 - Todd Snider Sings “America’s Favorite Pastime”
Todd Snider’s latest recording “America’s Favorite Pastime” documents a great moment in sports history, the day Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD...

JamBase - 04/09
Celebrate Opening Day w/ LSD and Todd Snider
Just in time for opening day, Todd Snider shares one of the wildest stories in baseball history on "America's Favorite Pastime," a song from the upcoming album The Excitement Plan...

Orlando Sentinel - 04/09
Todd Snider salutes LSD-fueled no-hitter in a new song
Just in time for baseball's opening day, iconoclastic folkie Todd Snider comes out with "America's Favorite Pastime." It's all about Snider's hero, Pittsburgh Prates pitcher Dock Ellis...

Time Out New York - 04/09
Now Playing: Todd Snider
The story of Dock Ellis reads like a great American tall tale, a ’70s equivalent of Paul Bunyan or John Henry. A major-league baseball pitcher in the years when the sport was riddled with eccentrics and facial hair...

Tucson Weekly - 04/09
Favorite Pastime
All Todd Snider wants to do is play music, to sing for people and write songs. All the time...

USA Today - 04/09
Tracks Playlist
America's Favorite Pastime - The tale of pitcher Dock Ellis' no-hitter on LSD...

The New Yorker - 03/09
The Long Lead-Up
Industrious types at record labels and publicity firms send us records weeks and weeks ahead of time in the hopes of capturing our attention closer to release dates. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t...

Paste - 03/09
Todd Snider Signs to Yep Roc
The self-proclaimed "tree huggin', peace lovin', pot smokin', porn watchin', lazy ass hippie," has made a move of surprising responsibility and signed to Yep Roc Records...

The Voice Magazine - 03/09
In Conversation with Todd Snider
Todd Snider is a singer-songwriter based in East Nashville, Tennessee. His songs are mostly gritty down-home narratives about losers, low-lifes, and mice that roar...

Washington Post - 03/09
Broke(n) Records
For Neil Young's next release, "Fork in the Road," the venerated, if occasionally vexing, rocker has created a concept album about electric cars. But Young takes a detour on at least two tracks to work with a suddenly popular songwriting topic: the cratering economy...

Austin 360 - 02/09
Songs of the Heart
Shanties that touch the heart. Tunes that make you swoon. Lullabies of love. These are songs made for the soft side of the human condition; songs that sum up feelings of passion better than words spoken...

Eugene Weekly - 02/09
Empathy For Assholes
The guy in the car in front of you at the drive through window is brutally chewing out the blameless pimply-faced kid working there. You probably don’t give it much thought other than knowing that the jerk just wasted your precious time...

Kansas City Star - 01/09
Live review
It takes a lot for one guy with nothing but a guitar to command a big room, especially when he’s not wearing shoes. But that’s what Todd Snider did Wednesday night, inside a casino, no less...

St. Louis Metromix - 01/09
Feature
The singer-songwriter, who released Peace Queer in 2008, has obviously been noticed by many St. Louisians, as well as may others; the album was #1 for four weeks on the Americana charts. When I caught up with Snider over e-mail last week, he seemed to notice the love...

Telluride Inside - 01/09
Preview & podcast
Beaverton, Oregon's proud son Todd Snider is his generation's Will Rogers, an amiable, plainspoken, wise-cracking story teller and champion of the common man – just add a guitar and a pickup truck...

Uncommon Music - 01/09
10 Questions: Todd Snider
He’s preparing to embark on a 28 show tour in support of his latest album, Peace Queer but Todd Snider was able to take a few minutes to offer us a little insight...

Washington Post - 01/09
Out: Ryan Adams. In: Todd Snider
But in a kinda-sorta related development, at the same time as Adams was backing off, the underrated Portland/then Texas singer-songwriter-buttkicker Todd Snider was firing up his laptop and filling the void with an amazing blog post of his own -- "an open letter to texans, inspired by the 38th birthday of one blank plectrum."...