Todd Snider: “In Between Jobs”
From the time the hidden track “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” was discovered on his 1994 debut record Songs for the Daily Planet, Todd Snider has been known as a wry, witty lyricist with a knack for hearty American folk, country and rock.
Snider was born in Portland, Ore., but spent his formative years growing up in Santa Rosa, Houston, Austin and Atlanta before finding himself living and performing in Memphis. He was discovered there, at a club called The Daily Planet, by a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. Snider signed to Buffett’s Margaritaville Records label, and released his debut. Snider’s early material leaned towards straight-ahead country and rock, but with the added bonus of his razor wit. On the aforementioned “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” Snider eviscerated the record industry and media types who were out to make a quick buck on any flash-in-the-pan band with long hair and dirty flannel.
Snider’s style has gotten a bit grittier and his lyrics more biting, but almost 18 years on, Snider still has a way with words and stories to tell. On March 6, Snider is set to release his twelfth record, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables. The album’s first single–and our song of the day–is “In Between Jobs,” a bluesy stomp that finds Snider stuck in the ditch but with his humor still very much intact.