Todd Snider, a 27-year-old quirky troubadour, doesn’t know what to say when people start throwing around adjectives and comparisons his way: a slacker poster child, the next Beck, the new Dylan, a reincarnated Roger Miller, etc.
“I’ve never really thought about it,” Snider said during a recent promotional stop in support of his Margaritaville/MCA debut album, “Songs For the Daily Planet.” “That’s just not the kind of stuff I think about.”
Originally from Portland, Ore., Snider left home with his acoustic guitar at an early age and, after a brief stint in Texas, set up shop at a now-defunct venue called the Daily Planet in Memphis. It was there that a member of Jimmy Buffett’s band spotted Snider performing the type of witty, brutally honest observations that make up “Songs From the Daily Planet.”
The album, released on Buffett’s Margaritaville label, opens with “My Generation (Part 2),” a humorous look at the world as seen through the eyes of a twentysomething. Snider’s gift of gab glows elsewhere, namely on “Alright Guy” and “I Spoke As a Child.”
“I’ve been doing this for seven years, playing my songs in clubs, and that’s what I wanted to do for a living,” Snider said. “I’m really happy that I could make a record. It can be a really cool and artistic endeavor, but I’m going to make songs with or without anyone’s permission.”
BWF (before we forget): Snider’s second album, “Step Right Up,” was released in 1996. His third, “Via Satellite,” was released on April 7, 1998.
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