- Photo courtesy of Variety Playhouse
- Jun 21
Days Time Fri, Jun 21 8pm – 11pm General Admission $22 adv
Todd Snider is perhaps the quintessential post-modern troubadour, toiling away on the folk and Americana circuits year after year, never gaining a hit but always growing his audience. For a while, it seemed as though Snider could ride the post-Nirvana alt-rock wave that brought contemporaries like Jill Sobule a single hit, but his 1994 debut Songs for the Daily Planet peaked at number 23 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart, with its accompanying single "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" not managing to be a novelty fluke. That very title hints at the humor that distinguishes Snider's catalog, but his lively, witty songs also dig emotionally deeper, which is why he has sustained a career for decades after that 1994 debut, sometimes cresting into the charts -- Devil You Know reached number four on the Heatseekers charts in 2006; The Excitement Plan made it to number 144 on the Hot 100 in 2009; Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables reached number 95, his best chart placement, in 2012 -- but always maintaining an audience devoted to his wry quips and heart-rending ballads.