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April 28, 2016
7 pm Doors, Show: 8 pm | $30 | Minors OK w/ Guardian
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
April 28 features songs from the following albums:
- Songs for the Daily Planet
- Step Right Up
- Viva Sattelite
- That Was Me – The Best of ’94-’98
Todd Snider has been on the road performing pretty much his entire adult life, part Jack Kerouac and part John Prine along with some Mitch Hedburg sprinkled in to keep things from getting too serious. Throughout his career Snider has been a real gypsy songman right in the vein of his long-time mentor and friend, Jerry Jeff Walker. As the years have piled up the physical toll has done its’ damage to the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter (who has also been out touring with new rock outfit Hard Working Americans over the last couple of years).
Traveling and performing 100 plus shows per year for over twenty years is not for the faint of heart and not many can do it or have lasted that long, especially when performing solo and having the weight of the entire performance rest squarely on your own shoulders. By the end of 2015 Snider’s shoulders and back were all but broken and he thought he may have to hang it up. Battling physical ailments like degenerative arthritis and chronic lower back problems were proving to be too difficult for Snider to put on the kind of show he and his fans expect. To battle the physical ailments, pain pills seemed to be the only way to manage it to keep earning his way of living on the road, but you can only ride that horse so far before it catches up with you. On top of that, Snider had also been going through a divorce over the last couple of years which only compounded the physical and mental stress he was up against.
Luckily after lots of research and some time off, Snider has found alternative ways to manage his physical well being and he is also healing from the tumultuous times one faces when dealing with divorce. He is working on getting himself back into physical and mental shape to go out and attack this wonderful world he has created over the last twenty plus years. He will be performing a handful of small residencies (2-3 night stands) at some select locations this year starting with a 3 night run in his hometown of Portland, OR on April 28-30 at the Aladdin Theater where he will draw songs from each of his albums on each of the 3 nights (4 albums per night).
Snider is also readying a brand new live album and DVD concert film along with a new studio release. That all comes along with the new Hard Working Americans’ sophomore album ‘Rest In Chaos’ that is readied for a May 2016 release and will feature 13 brand new original songs.
Musicians often concoct necessary tales to capture the attention of the public. The singer songwriter doesn’t need that – she lived it and carries the great story of her life in every line she writes.
Carroll was born in Chicago to a rather normal American family brought up as a typical, middle class kid. It was this upbringing along with a fascination with alternative culture that led her towards the great American love affair, the counterbalance to the American Dream. At a young age, she lived in her car in cities all around the county, she hiked the Appalachian Trail, hopped freight trains. She made money playing music to anyone who would listen, from the subways of New York City to the streets of Ohio. She became a living paradox, somewhere between running from the law and running from the normality of a Midwestern suburban lifestyle. In her words, ‘You have to trust everyone in that world… You’re all fighting for the same thing. But at the same time, you don’t trust anyone.’ While the hardness of the streets broke her down, another world picked her up. Appalachian songs, bluegrass and country patterns cemented in her mind, and perhaps most importantly – she inhaled the great spirit of rock and roll.
Eventually she found herself in Asheville, NC engulfed in the bluegrass scene. Picked up by Producer Eric Wilson of Omni Records, Carroll recorded a bluegrass album, which graduated her to the road of a professional musician.
Her travels have landed her in in East Nashville where she has recorded her sophomore record, Hotel Room, combining honesty with heartache, darkness and humor. Within this album, Carroll crafted a body of work that incorporates the essence of her past, while remaining genuine and relatable. Working with Nashville’s greats, young producers Skylar Wilson and Eric Masse, they assembled a cohesive body of work that proves Carroll’s songwriting and singing prowess.
Her album, Hotel Room, will be available soon.
“There is no filter on experience, so why should there be in songwriting. People listen to music because it makes them feel something, a writer’s goal is to relate their experiences with the audience.”—Rorey