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TODD SNIDER —EASTSIDE BULLDOG (Thirty Tigers)

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East Nashville’s Todd Snider is cut from a unique cloth. He is hugely innovative and out-spoken into the bargain. His latest record East Bulldog sees him bring to life his Elmo Buzz pseudonym; a character obsessed with the lifestyle (in song) of the images carved out in Hank Williams, Jnr’s songs. Given a blast of undiluted rock’n’roll he charges through an album written, and recorded in double-quick time (when some studio time came available) with terrific flair. Though it is Snider's first solo album in since 2012 release, Agnostic Hymns And Stone Fables he has been far from taking it easy with recordings from his other project Hard Working Americans filing the void.      

 

Fueled like he was on some high velocity yet to be found energy-powered substance Snider’s outrageous wit goes a step farther than ever before. Performing in everything but southern country rock style though he does speak about chicks, cars, partying hard and enjoying a dig, sly and otherwise at the music biz but Snider has developed his character. One he first took on when gig opportunities were in short supply near home. Among the highlights you have the Jerry Lee Lewis-hinted piano driven sharp shooting “Hey Pretty Boy” dance tune “The Funky Tomato” and power house southern driven“Bocephus”. I love the saxophone and swirling organ as Snider brings in a healthy helping of Memphis soul.   

 

Kicking up a ruckus Snider not only brings attention to the plight of today’s East Nashville singer-songwriter scene trying to stay true to tradition underlines there is no substitute for genuine talent. For his part he is trying to keep folk music popular in East Nashville. For the record, Snider for the first time in his career lays claim to performing all the guitar parts   

 

If I were to be critical it does sound like one or two of the songs were though put together quickly, there isn’t sufficient separation between some lack the identity they might. However, being surrounded by a bunch of his friends, usual suspects of the locale they pull it off and at the same time have a blast. Grammy-winner Eric McConnell (Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson) co-produced the album, and though at just over 25 minutes it has to be one of the shortest 10-track albums I have heard in an eternity Snider with the help of Elizabeth Cook, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Hank Williams 111, Chris Robinson and Shooter Jennings, he comes up with a record comparable to music comparable to music (funk, soul, rock’n’roll etc) of the ilk Doug Sahm might have recorded if he were still around.         

                                                                                                 Maurice Hope 

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May 2018

1
John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
7
Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
25
Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental

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