Todd Snider, Chicago Farmer
20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH
8pm show, Buy Tickets
Hard Working Americans’ lead singer Todd Snider will perform on Tues., June 19 at the 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati, OH. The singer/songwriter — and alter-ego Elmo Buzz — released most eccentric solo album yet titled Eastside Bulldogs. The “brilliantly bizarre” album (Rolling Stone) was only brought to life because his buddy gave him free studio time.
Roots rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Snider is a native of Portland, Oregon. He had a rough home life growing up, which led to his running away from home as a teenager with very little money in his pocket. After drifting around, Snider settled down in Texas for a while and began penning songs as a form of therapy. It was not long before Snider began to soak up the music of renowned Texas country artists such as Joe Ely, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, and especially Jerry Jeff Walker. After moving once more to Memphis (during the mid-80s), Snider was taken under the wing of another artist he admired a great deal, John Prine. He encouraged the burgeoning singer-songwriter to start taking his craft more seriously. Snider’s real break came when a member of Jimmy Buffet’s backing band played a Snider demo tape for Buffet. By the early 90s, Snider was signed to Buffet’s record label, Margaritaville Records (a subsidiary of MCA), resulting in the releases of critically acclaimed but commercially underachieving albums such as Songs For The Daily Planet (1994), Step Right Up (1996), and Viva Satellite (1998), all recorded with his band the Nervous Wrecks.
“One of the sharpest, funniest storytellers in rock” – Rolling Stone
“An exceptional songwriter” – NPR’s Fresh Noise
“Brilliantly Bizarre” – Rolling Stone
“a good time disc to get your party started” – American Songwriter