Todd Snider @ Warehouse Live (Studio)
Todd Snider is one of those guys whose lucky break always seems to be right around the corner – his undeniable talent and engrossing personality leave the universe no other option but to catapult him towards all his wildest dreams, right? Well, brothers and sisters, I think they have. It’s rare to see a performer as happy onstage as Mr. Snider was last Thursday – breaking into a grin every time a bandmate nailed a solo or the crowd nailed a singalong. Who needs success on Nashville’s terms? As he says in “Just Like Old Times” – “We’re living out a different kind of American dream.” Most of us packed into the Warehouse Live Studio last Thursday feel the same way. Some of us were already converts, and those that weren’t assuredly left as washed-in-the-blood Snider evangelists. I arrived towards the end of Great American Taxi’s set, which closed with Robert Earl Keen’s “I’m Coming Home” and their own “Good Night to Boogie.” Read on for my take on Todd and the Taxi’s performance, the setlist, and Eggs’ photos.
Photos by Jim “Eggs” Bricker
Words by Zach “Bacon” Vernon
While semi-politely pushing our way to the front, my showmates and I were clued into what was in store for the evening, as a mixture of roots and jamband music came over the P.A. The second clue was the Hammond B3 organ (complete with Leslie speaker rotating beautifully) and electric guitars supplementing the expected mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, and acoustics onstage. This twern’t no country-folk show, we were in for some jams, baby, jams!! Although I love watching Todd Snider play solo acoustic (and I hope to continue to be able to do so on occasion) I much prefer him with Great American Taxi by his side. Todd and the Taxi perform stretched-out versions of his oft-brilliant songs, with every band member well-equipped to take the musical lead at Todd’s behest. That’s about how it worked all night, with Todd giving a quick nod or a smile to any member he wanted to solo. And damned if it wasn’t amazing.
Todd Snider’s songs are the stuff that people dream about writing and, when you throw the serious chops of the Taxi behind them, they become vehicles fueled by lyrical and musical content alike. The setlist spanned Todd’s career, from “Easy Money” off of 1994’s Songs from the Daily Planet to “Bring ‘em Home” off 2009’s The Excitement Plan. Also included were a smattering of choice covers, including three Jerry Jeff Walker tunes (see video), some Ray Wylie Hubbard, and some Bobby friggin’ Dylan. We also got a helluva story about the origins of the song “45 miles,” involving a car wreck in a snow storm. The encore even featured Todd on mandolin. By the end of the night, I was grinning as wide as he was. East Nashville man. East Nashville.
Mission Accomplished (Because you Gotta Have Faith)
The Devil You Know
Just Like Old Times
45 Miles Story -> 45 Miles
Is This Thing Working?
Looking for a Job
Barbie Doll (Jack Ingram cover)
Takin’ it as it Comes (Jerry Jeff Walker cover)
Sangria Wine (Jerry Jeff Walker cover)
Play A Train Song-> Georgia on a Fast Train (Billy Joe Shaver)
Bring ‘em Home
Ballad of the Devil’s Backbone Tavern
Stoney (Jerry Jeff Walker cover)
Conservative Christian, Right Wing Republican, Straight White, American Male
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Traditional)