Stoned troubadour

By Andy Balaskovitz

East Nashville's Todd Snider brings 'agnostic hymns and stoner fables' to Lansing

I genuinely believed Todd Snider when he said he was unsure if Saturday night will be his first time playing in Lansing.

“I don’t think so. It can’t be, man. It just doesn’t seem like there’s any place left I could’ve not gone,” Snider, 45, said by phone Tuesday morning from his house in East Nashville, Tenn. (the grittier side of Music City).

Maybe it’s the 18 years of recording and touring in support of the 12 original albums he’s made. Or maybe a subtle clue rests in the title of his 2012 album, “Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables,” a typically autobiographical Snider record that has received praise from Rolling Stone, The New York Times and NPR. Let’s just leave it up for debate when he brings his storytelling folk style, reminiscent of John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and Kris Kristofferson to the Loft.

Snider’s fresh off a two-week vacation and will take the stage with his acoustic guitar, harmonica and probably bare feet, rather than a full band. Supporting Snider on Saturday is Memphis-based singer-songwriter Amy LaVere.

Snider will play five shows in Michigan over the next week, including stops in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. He says “some of my fondest road memories are in Michigan” — at least those he remembers.

Todd Snider
Saturday, Sept. 15,
doors at 6 p.m.
The Loft
414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Tickets: $22
All ages
Also tune in to 88.9 FM The Impact at 7 tonight to hear an interview with Snider