On March 6, East Nashville’s subversive, fearless, rebel-rousing songwriter Todd Snider will release his new studio album ‘Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables’ (Aimless Records). Last year’s double-disc live album ‘The Storyteller’ earned accolades from Rolling Stone and NPR and his new set finds him pushing even more of society’s buttons. "I want to inspire people," Snider says. "I want to inspire them to leave home, to do things traditionally considered wrong. If you listen to my record and vandalize your school, godspeed."
On ‘Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables,’ Snider paints a world where begging turns to mugging, where investment turns to ruin, where babies grow into felons, where honesty is blunt trauma. Highlights include "New York Banker," a ballad about the warped karma of the financial crisis (chorus: "Good things happen to bad people"), a love song called "Brenda" about an unexpected musical couple, and the album’s lone cover, of Jimmy Buffett’s "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown." Full tracklist below.
Recording the album in under a week, Snider and co-producer Eric McConnell recruited other great East Nashville musicians to create a sound that didn’t replicate anything they’d done together previously. "I told them I wanted to make a mess," Snider says. The result stands as something disconcerting, cracked and apart from the music of Snider’s heroes, and from Snider’s own celebrated past.
Todd Snider and the full band will embark on a 40+ date national tour this spring, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and a two-night stand at San Francisco’s historic Great American Music Hall. Dates below.
1. In the Beginning
2. New York Banker
3. West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown
4. Precious Little Miracles
5. The Very Last Time
6. In Between Jobs
8. Too Soon To Tell
9. Digger Dave’s Crazy Woman Blues
10. Big Finish
Todd Snider Tour Dates:
1/20 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE
1/21 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theater
2/01 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
2/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instruments Museum
2/03 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
2/08 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head Tavern
2/09 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head Tavern
2/10 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
2/11 – Clayton, NC @ Clayton Center
3/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
3/08 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/09 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
3/10 – Albany, NY @ Sawyer Theater/The Egg
3/11 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
3/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
3/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
3/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
3/25 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
3/27 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
3/29 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
3/31 – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House