Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters

Ep. 165 - TODD SNIDER ("Alright Guy")

Episode Summary

Our guest on this episode of Songcraft is Todd Snider, the quintessential troubadour whose clever and insightful songs earned him an Artist of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Awards. He joins us to discuss his more than two-decade career as a celebrated singer-songwriter whose compositions have been covered by Gary Allan, Tom Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Costello. Plus, he tells us all about his experimental new album First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder.

Episode Notes

Scott & Paul chat about making records, and dive way too deep on how every Songcraft guest is connected.

PART TWO (30 minute mark):
Our in-depth interview with Todd Snider

Celebrated singer-songwriter Todd Snider has continued the troubadour legacy of mentors like John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, while putting his uniquely clever, wry, sly, and often irreverent spin on folk, rock, country, and Americana. Launching his career on Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Records, Snider has spent more than two decades touring relentlessly, both on his own and with legendary artists such as Emmylou Harris. Along the way he’s made a splash with fan favorite songs such as “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” “Alright Guy,” “Can’t Complain,” “Beer Run,” “Statistician’s Blues,” and “Play a Train Song.” He has released well over a dozen albums, including The Devil You Know and Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, both of which were named to Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 50 Albums of the Year. He also formed the group Hardworking Americans, and published a memoir called I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales. His songs have been covered by Garth Brooks, Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt, Tom Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, Elizabeth Cook, Warren Haynes, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Costello. His experimental new funk-influenced album is called First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder.