Album Review

All I Wanna Do is Stomp and Holler

Hard Working Americans - We're All In This Together

Good review that captures the essence of a lively roots rock band.  I went to their first show in our town a couple of years ago without knowing how an acclaimed singer-songwriter would do in a band and was blown away within a few seconds of hearing the first few notes of their rocking full band sound.  As I understand it Todd Snider got the idea for the band when his music biz colleagues criticized him for doing music with a lot of artists older than himself.  This inspired him to put together his own band of folks in his age range and the band has been on a tear ever since.  Todd provides separate entertainment value as you watch him prance around the stage and orchestrate the event. 

Of course the best dialogue from this live album is the intro to "We're All In This Together."

"Having grown up in folk music, I was raised to believe that the answer my friend was blowing in the wind."

"I went outside and was waiting for....I went outside and was waiting for............I went outside...

"You know what the wind told me hippies? The wind didn't tell me a fucking thing."

"So much for folk music."

That's funny...maybe the wind was speaking to Zimmerman exclusively...

Or maybe Todd was too stoned to hear it...

anyway, "so much for folk music"...

 

Am I witnessing some anti-folk music bigotry here or, RMUTT, is it just your anti-Dylanism showing? Regardless it's kind of a strange sentiment coming from Todd Snider who has called himself his entire  career, a "folksinger." And when Dylan met Thelonious Monk and described himself as "just a folk singer" Monk replied that that's what they all were.

Anti-Dylanism might be a bit strong but I am amazed at those stuck in the "Whatever Dylan does is great".  But then again as he moves back through the songbooks of the last couple centuries I do look forward to his album Pet Sounds  (not to be confused with the album by the Beach Boys of the same name). It includes verisons of over 30  "songs"  of Le Petomane performed by Dylan with no backing band. The album is rumored to be released in 2018!

 

An acidic and funny response R...as a work of art you would be the kind that has a sense of humor and point of view, as opposed to one that begs for the viewer/beholder to "interpret" your meaning...

On another note, I don't forsee confusion with the Beach Boys record of the same name...

Carry on...

Acidic? On the pH scale of 0-14 I'd rate my post a 6. Don't get me started on Donovan. 

Alkaline can be harsh as well...you are arguing for the middle...?

You have my permission to not get started on Donovan...Fried Clams?

Surly..I mean surely your not a anti-Donovanist too! (Come to think of it--Surly would be a good handle for you and certainly easier than T.A.F.K.A.R.)

I'm not anti-Donovanist, but I'm not sure about Surly...

Interesting scoop you have there RMUTT as no other media outlet has reported this upcoming Dylan release. I wonder if--at extra cost of course--there will be an edition with the new technology of smella-audio to go along with those Le Petomane "hits."

But to get back to Snider, although he has previously called himself a "folk singer" he was also quick to criticize the self-righteous leftism of folk music and claimed he just wrote songs that rhymed and he had no intention to preach or protest. This always struck me as hedging his bets to deflect criticism but a song like "Conservative Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White American Males...." is actaully a brilliant, funny, satirical protest song.

I believe the release will be analog only. Scratch and sniff deluxe edition will  be available with "unreleased" tracks.

that song is brilliant...sorry this posted at the bottom, it refers to the Todd Snider song referenced by Dennis...