Todd Snider(from the album Cash Cabin Sessions Vol. 3 available on Aimless Records)
Heavy on equal amounts of charm and mischief, Todd Snider comes off like that drinking buddy and stoner philosophy pal on his recent release, Cash Cabins Sessions Vol 3. Todd Snider chimes in on the world’s worth of good and bad decisions, delivering a solid opinion on everything via a laid back and thought-provoking monologue. Cash Cabin Sessions Vol 3 finds Todd Snider handling the minimal instrumentation, his ever-present guitar and harmonica in tow along with banjo as friends Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires assist on backing vocals.
“Working on a Song” opens the album, a narrative about a songwriter’s first days in Music City, the story finding footing in the present as Todd Snider introduces a Nashville chock full of people eternally ‘working on a song’ and asking themselves ‘where will I go now that I’m gone?’. “Talking Reality Television Blues” channels Bob Dylan as it gives us a clever narrative on the idiot box, switching the dial from Milton Berle to cable TV to the ugly reality of reality TV. Todd Snider sounds worn and weary on the beautiful ballads “Like a Force of Nature” and “Just Like Overnight”, bold and irreverent calling out those ‘selling out their thoughts and their prayers’ on “The Blues for the Banjo.” Cash Cabin Sessions Vol 3 drops history and names on “The Ghost of Johnny Cash” and “Cowboy Jack Clements Waltz” while a “A Timeless Response to Current Events” finds Todd Snider calling the universal ‘it’ as he sees it, ‘ain’t that some bullshit’ the response barked at the news programming since it entered our lives.
Like much of Todd Snider’s releases, he remains a sentimental fool armed with a biting wit on Cash Cabin Sessions Vol 3. Covering all of the bases, Todd Snider will break hearts just as quickly as he breaks balls.
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