SONG PREMIERE: Jon Snodgrass Reflects on Loss with Alt-Country Rocker “1-2-3-4”

Jon Snodgrass and doll in London

Tace means “shhh” in Latin,” explains Jon Snodgrass about the title of his long-awaited new album. “I think people need to listen more, including me. It’s my version of Mark Twain’s ‘Never miss a good chance to shut up’.” Tace is set for an October 9th release via A-F Records. This collection of rock and roll songs pays homage to those that helped mold him into a songwriting machine including The Beatles, ALL, Uncle Tupelo, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Thin Lizzy, Warren Zevon, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Cheap Trick, The Cure, X, and Jawbreaker among others.

Snodgrass is a man of collaborations and this album doesn’t fall short. Special guest vocalists include John Moreland, Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Joey Cape (Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut), Stephen Egerton (Descendents, ALL), Stacey Dee (Bad Cop/Bad Cop), and Derek Zanetti (The Homeless Gospel Choir). From premeditated murder (“Don’t Break Her Heart”) to drunk guilt (“Footage”) to growing apart (“BoyzIIMen”) to being ripped off (“Bad New Lands”) to having many talents (“Renaissance Man”) – Tace sums up the past few years of Snodgrass’ life in a rock and roll storytelling manner.

Snodgrass is a founding member of Armchair Martian, Drag The River, and supergroup Scorpios. In addition, he has made records with Frank Turner, Cory Branan, Joey Cape, and is a senior class alum of The Revival Tour. Also, he has toured all over the world with Flogging Molly, Frank Turner, Justin Townes Earle, Chuck Ragan, Cory Branan, Austin Lucas, Lenny Lashley, Joey Cape, Tony Sly, Northcote, Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves, and Mike Herrera.

Today Glide is excited to premiere “1-2-3-4,” one of the standout tracks on the new album. With big crashing guitars and drums with just the right amount of grit, Snodgrass lets his soulful vocals hover over the big alt-country rock soundtrack. There is a tenderness to the vocals and lyrics, which deal with the loss of a friend, and this is balanced out by the straightforward rocking that concludes with a jagged guitar solo. Snodgrass’ music brings to mind the alt-country greatness of acts like the Bottle Rockets and Lucero but with slightly more of a rock and roll lean. 

Snodgrass describes the inspiration behind the song:

“I wrote this song after leaving the hospital the night our friend Brandon passed away. I called it that because I stole the green outdoor carpet from the funeral the next week. Recently, Brandon and I had talked about me needing to update my current AstroTurf situation. So, I know he was stoked.”


Tace is out October 9th via A-F Records – PRE-ORDER

Photo credit: Imelda-Michalczyk

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