IOWA CITY, Iowa (October 13, 2013) – On tour to support his latest album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, alt-country and folk singer/songwriter Todd Snider entertained a very laid back crowd with his sarcastic witticism and amusing anecdotes put to melody. He started the set with a spoken word piece accompanied by himself with the occasional beat of a single drum. He said he saw somebody do it on TV. Short, simple, pointed, intentional . . . a hybrid variety of folk singer John Prine, a long time acquaintance, and comedians Mitch Hedberg and Louis C.K. combining their deliberate stoner delivery style with street corner prophetic wisdom encompassing cynical (and often crass) realities. Presented to all shoeless, of course. Snider had the crowd feeding from the trough of of his wit and wonder while strumming a banjo, guitar and ukulele. Well played!
The Coal Men, founded by Dave Coleman (vox, guitar) and Dave Ray (drums) warmed up the crowd. And in all honesty they sounded pretty great. Coleman’s rich, deep vocals were very well suited for the acoustics at the Englert. They did perform a song I recognized off their Kids with Songs album that was featured on episode of The Deadliest Catch which airs on the Discovery Channel called “Bitter Tears”. The Coal Men are gaining some traction, got a little good press in Nashville recently and I hope to hear more from them soon.
Photos of Todd Snider at The Englert Theatre
Photos of The Coal Men at The Englert Theatre