Published DatePLYMOUTH — Pairing humorous storytelling with political commentary and bluesy rock style, Todd Snider's songs find rays of hope in a time of struggle. The acerbic singer/songwriter/humorist will cast his critical eye on the state of the world with his trademark blend of wry wit and compassion for the 99 percent at 8 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Plymouth State University Silver Center.
Sharp-tongued though he can be, more than anything Snider is "uproariously funny," according to Silver Center Director Diane Jeffrey. "He's angry without being sanctimonious and whimsical without being lightweight," Jeffrey says.
St. Augustine writer Nick McGregor says, "Snider has built a fruitful career out of giving voice to America's down-and-outers... " Asked by another writer if he was concerned about alienating a potential audience Snider replied, "I would almost like to alienate that audience that would disagree. If somebody takes offense to something that I'm saying, that would probably make me happy that I needled them a bit."
Snider released two highly acclaimed albums in 2012: Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, debuted in the Top 20 of four separate Billboard charts, including the Indie Label Chart, the Folk Chart, the Internet Chart, and the Independent Core Store Report. The New York Times hailed it as "among his best" and Rolling Stone called it "the sharpest musical response yet to the excesses of the one percent."
Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker, is a tribute album to the man Snider credits with turning his life around. "I've always hoped I'd stay around long enough to get to make a record of Jerry Jeff Walker songs," Snider says. "He's the guy I saw at 19 and decided to try to be like. His are the first songs I learned."
Tickets for the program are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at Silver.plymouth.edu.