Thursday, April 25, 2013
Todd Snider w/ Jason Isbell
The divide between ’90s alt-rock and alt-country was never a particularly contentious one, but it was never better captured than on Todd Snider’s 1994 send-up, “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues.” Since 1994, Snider has pumped out respectable offerings on both independent and major labels, most of them minor affairs filled with his signature, sardonic folk songs. After a period in which he found a niche releasing five albums on John Prine’s Oh Boy label, in 2006 Snider released The Devil You Know, a critical favorite that twisted his humorous narratives into Bush-era political commentary. His latest collection, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, pokes light fun at America’s struggling economy. Snider shares this show with singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, formerly of the cult Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. Since leaving that band, Isbell has released albums that tackle more serious matters than the Truckers were known for, like the Iraq war.