Making his second appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Todd Snider kept most of the crowd laughing with his blend of comedy and folk – even though his set ended twenty minutes before his time slot did.
With friends Ben Kaufmann and Jeff Austin he played tunes from his new album, The Excitement Plan and some old favorites, telling a few stories in between.
He started with Slim Chance and Horseshoe Lake before saying, “Thank you so much, I don’t want to go any further into my portion of the afternoon without thanking my friend, Craig for giving me a chance to perform for you again. If you’ve never seen me before, my name is Todd Snider, I’ve been driving around this country for over fifteen years. I make this shit up and I sing it for anybody that will listen to it. Some of the songs will be sad, some of them will be funny, some will seem like both. Some will seem short, some will seem like they go on forever. Sometimes they may ramble on for as many as 18 minutes between songs and lately my friends have been telling me that my songs are getting more and more opinionated.
“So, I wanted to let all of you within the sound of my voice know that while I may share some of my opinions with you over the course of the show, I’m not going to share them with you because I think they’re smart or because I think you need to know them I’m going to share them with you because they rhyme. I didn’t come down here to change any of y’alls minds about anything, I came down here to ease my own mind about everything. So with that said, I want to say thank y’all for giving me a chance to do this for you again because I love to do it and it makes me feel good every time.
“Here’s this song I made up last summer in Greencastle, Indiana when I was being held as a political prisoner for doing nothing wrong. And while trying to figure out how I was going to explain it to the old lady, I came up with this.”
“I hope you don’t mind if I start out with a couple of new songs this afternoon, I’d like to play a song now for any of you that are baseball fans. This is a song about a baseball player that showed up for work one afternoon completely unprepared for the job in front of him and yet still did a pretty good job at the job in front of him – giving ill-prepared people everywhere somebody to look up to. This song is called ‘America’s Favorite Pastime’ and I’m going to bring out two of my dearest friends – Mr. Ben Kaufmann and Mr. Jeff Austin.”
America’s Favorite Pastime
“Thank you, you having a good time so far?”
“I think It’s really cool to have Todd Snider at Telluride,” Jeff Austin said.
Play a Train Song
“Thank you so much, is it alright if I try another new song on you? I made this up in my car a couple of years ago. I was driving, and I was hungry. I went into one of those drive-thru windows and I pulled in behind a car that was considerably more expensive than my own car. And the man driving that considerably more expensive car than my car was a gray-haired older man in an expensive suit. And the reason that I know what he looked like was because he was leaning out of his car yelling at whoever was inside that building that had handed him the food. And I was behind him in my own car wondering what could have possibly gone so friggin’ wrong with some food. And I got up to get my food out of the window and I looked in that window and it was like a 15-yr-old kid. I was immediately overwhelmed with sympathy for that old man in that expensive car.
“In my opinion you have to have a considerable disenjoyment of your own life to rain down on another person’s life like that. So I was wondering what kind of life a man would have to lead all afternoon to be that kind of a tool by 5:17 in the evening. Then I asked myself what it would be like to ask that man how his day had gone and then I made up all this.”
Stuck on the Corner
“Thank you all for having me.”
Conservative, Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Male
during which the crowd started throwing marshmallows, some of which ended up on stage and Todd threw back to the crowd
“Thank you Telluride, thank you for being so nice to me.”
Accentuate the Positive (acapella)