Todd Snider’s visit to Skipper’s Smokehouse

Todd Snider performs at Skipper.
Gaby Reeder

“I had to quit smoking weed. You know why? Because it was time to come up and sing! Todd Snider chuckled in front of the crowd. His two-day stint at Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa began on Wednesday, January 19, and with his wide range of genres, he attracted original Snider fans as well as those who recently joined the Snider club.

An instrumental connoisseur, Snider played most of his tunes with a guitar and a harmonica neckrest, blowing hot air through the harmonica between his comedic, uplifting lyrics.

Snider specializes in his honest and often humorous sociopolitical lyrics and balancing blues, folk and spoken word techniques. For his latest release First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, he dabbled in funk.

“Funk is as far away from folk as it gets, but I love Parliament and James Brown, and I wanted to try to merge those two things together,” Snider confessed, saying that while this album differs from his previous records and he doesn’t like some of the new songs anymore, he’s happy with how the record turned out.

How did he find the title of the album? Beginning in 2021, Snider launched its own series of live-streamed Sunday services. “I was referring to our church like that. People started calling our Sunday sessions a church and I thought, well, what kind of a church? I kind of thought of First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, where we’re always hoping for something and wondering what the fuck is? »

Despite a slight hitch with the amp on the first song, Snider was a hit. His humor and bluegrass flair fit well with the crowd. Whether he calls himself a “Rastafari gypsy” and a “non-professional folk” musician or calls his guitar a “wooden box with strings on it”, Snider’s idea of ​​playing is obvious.

“I prefer to be on the road because I like to travel,” Snider told The Gabber in a pre-show interview. He explored this idea further during the show, “My tour started in 1994 and ended in this pandemic,” Snider called his Smokehouse shows ending on his second tour.

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