A few nights ago I was able to catch that singer songwriter hippie folk balladeer guy Todd Snider at the Coachouse in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. Im not going to presume to really know anything about Todd. All I know is Ive been hearing his name around for years, I feel like maybe he has 50 records, and of the songs Ive heard he seemed entertaining, but not really someone I’d want to headline on one of my summer mix-tapes. But since the venue is just down the street from me I decided Id go have a listen.
We arrived to a packed house full of older folks in their 50’s, guys who look like they do sales for computer software stuff. Todd played two sets, the first was just him and his old box, the second was with a band (including a pretty lil’ girl sawin’ up the fiddle).
The acoustic set was Todd playing ballads. He almost just talks through a rhythmic guitar, says a lot of liberal stuff I really disagree with – but I can appreciate his ole timeyness. Im pretty sure he had overalls on and a hobo hat, and there wasnt an ounce of hipster in him, and that was cool.
I think at the end of the day the best thing about the show was the venue and the fact that Todd wrote a song about Dock Ellis, the professional baseball player who threw a no-hitter in the the 70’s while on an LSD trip, check the video: