Tag: Todd Snider

Hard Working Americans at Old Rock House in St. Louis 8/25/2015

Sometime during the year 2013 folk singer-songwriter Todd Snider was talking with one of his good buddies Dave Schools, who also happens to play bass in a band called Widespread Panic, about his love for jam music and wanting to do something like that one day. Snider says he never expected it to come to fruition, but Schools said he was interested. Snider contacted keyboardist Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi and told him that Dave Schools was on board. By the end of 2013 they had Chris Robinson Brotherhood and former Ryan Adams and the Cardinals guitarist-extraordinaire Neal Casal lined up. Schools grabbed his friend Duane Trucks, who just so happened to be playing drums with Widespread Panic at the time conveniently enough. In no time they had assembled themselves a southern rock jam super group and decided to call themselves the Hard Working Americans. Within a year they released an album and began touring. Their self-titled debut album consists of all cover songs chosen mostly by Snide. Newest member Jesse Aycock now tours with the band as second guitarist and pedal-steel player and is set to appear on the next album.

Hard Working Americans STL 2

It took them awhile to get here, but the Hard Working Americans finally made it to Saint Louis with a stop at the Old Rock House on Tuesday evening as part of what is being dubbed the High Up On It Tour.  For the last week or so leading up to the show there were warnings being sent out on social media that this was going to be a sold out show.  Chicago’s The Steepwater Band opened the show on this particular evening, though there are a variety of openers offered throughout the tour. As we arrived we found a very long line of folks waiting to get in and no parking in the nearby lots. So we did what we know best… went a block up the street to 4 Hands Brewing to let the line die down, park the car, and enjoy a few delicious local beers before watching some of the finest Hard Working Americans out there. I did hear many people talking about The Steepwater Band kicking some serious ass and that made me sad for missing them.

 

As we arrived just after 9PM the door man was informing the woman in front of me that there were only seven more tickets available and the band wasn’t supposed to start for another 30 minutes.  We walked in and found that a majority of the near capacity crowd had made their way outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful patios that Downtown St. Louis has to offer, with a great view of the Gateway Arch and plenty of seating… plus you can still hear kind of even see the bands playing inside.

Hard Working Americans STL 1

Hard Working Americans took the stage around 9:30 and opened the show with a song they were tackling for the first time live, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around.” The crowd that had stepped outside to smoke between bands scurried their way back inside to pack the dance floor and balcony.  The band received a smattering of applause after they finished the song and immediately went into “Mission Accomplished”, a song that Todd Snider wrote for his 2008 solo album Peace Queer. The set included many of the cover songs recorded for their 2014 self-titled debut album including a great version of “Run a Mile” that allowed Neal Casal to really let loose and shine for the first time of the night. This will be an ongoing theme throughout the evening. This was followed up by “I Don’t Have a Gun”, during which Snider addressed the crowd for the first time by saying “Thank you for giving us a chance to make music. We are hard working Americans just like yourselves. And we came a long way to tell you very, very, little.” They finished out the song after a spacey little jam and a crowd singalong of the course, repeating “I don’t wanna hurt nobody.”

 

One of the Hard Working Americans few original tunes, “Dope is Dope” received a great reaction from the capacity (I assume they sold seven more tickets by now…) crowd. This will also be a constant theme throughout the evening. This song features humorous lyrics about a guy getting in trouble by his mama because she finds his “har-on” but he tries to tell her that its only marijuana… she isn’t buying it though because “Dope is dope and you’re high up on it.” Magically during this song the entire room began to smell like a Peter Tosh concert.

Hard Working Americans STL 4

“Welfare Music”, a song recorded for their debut album that was originally performed by Crystal City’s own The Bottle Rockets, was done very well. Todd Snider is a well-known advocate for all things Bottle Rockets, and always seems to sneak a song or mention in during his St. Louis stops. The band was really firing on all cylinders at this point and the crowd was very in tune with every note and word. Snider introduced the band after “Someday Past the Sunset”, a Chris Robinson Brotherhood song that they just began playing last week. He then again thanked the crowd for letting them play music for us. “Straight to Hell”, another cover song that appears on their album became a crowd singalong during each course and seemed to get louder each time.

 

All I can say now is that shit got crazy. The next like thirty minutes or so turned into a non-stop jam… songs segueing in and out of one another before going to an entirely different song and finishing with teases of what was already played… It started with “Throwing Goats”, went in and out of “Blackland Farmer” like three different times, segued into “Born to be Wild” for a few minutes, had a spacey jam that freaked the fuck out of the random guy in front of me that turned to me and said “NEAL FUCKING CASAL MAN!”, before ending with a Todd Snider fan favorite “Is This Thing Working” wrapped up inside a Will Kimbrough song “Another Train.” It was the jam band that Snider dreamed about starting… and it was working perfectly! Not surprising that this little ditty ended the set.

Hard Working Americans STL 3

As per usual at the Old Rock House, the encore break was short as there really isn’t a backstage or green room easily accessible from the stage. The first song of the encore was another original, “Purple Mountain Jamboree.” Randy Newman’s “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” followed and let Jesse Aycock showcase his pedal-steel skill. The night ended with a raucous cover of Hayes Carll’s anthem-like “Stomp and Holler”, leaving the jam packed crowd wanting more.

If you left this show disappointed, then I don’t think you were actually at this show. This was one of the best shows I have watched in some time.

SETLIST
Around and Around
Mission Accomplished
Run a Mile
I Don’t Have a Gun
Dope Is Dope
Mountain Song
Welfare Music
Someday Past the Sunset
Down to the Well
Straight to Hell
Throwing Goats>
Blackland Farmer>
Born to Be Wild>
Blackland Farmer>
Jam>
Blackland Farmer>
Guaranteed>
Another Train>
Is This Thing Working>
Another Train
E: Purple Mountain Jamboree>
E: Mr. President>
E: Stomp and Holler

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Hard Working Americans STL 8

Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival / June 6-8 / Ozark, Arkansas; Features Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, and more!

2013 will mark the first year for Thunder on the Mountain – a country music festival.  Thunder on the Mountain will take place June 6 – 8 on the magnificent Mulberry Mountain, near Ozark, AR.
In addition to these world class country artists, Thunder on the Mountain will feature camping, amazing food & craft vendors, world-class river floats, fishing, waterfalls, hiking, premiere RV camping and much, much more!  Tickets for Thunder on the Mountain will go on sale at 10 AM (CST) Tuesday, Dec 11 at www.ThunderOnTheMountain.com.
Follow Thunder on the Mountain on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to learn about our lineup, ticket information, and deals you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Thunder on the Mountain 2013 is thrilled to welcome and officially announce the following confirmed artists:
Toby Keith
Luke Bryan
Big & Rich
Montgomery Gentry
Thompson Square
Justin Moore
Gretchen Wilson
Easton Corbin
Colt Ford
Randy Houser
Pat Green
Randy Rogers Band
Jana Kramer
Kevin Fowler
Josh Abbott Band
Casey Donahew Band
Bucky Covington
Greg Bates
Reckless Kelly
LoCash Cowboys
Stoney LaRue
Todd Snider
Roger Creager
The Lost Trailers
JT Hodges
Cody Canada & The Departed
Moonshine Bandits
The LACS
Aaron Watson
The Cadillac Black
Sturgill Simpson
Adam Craig Band
Clayton Anderson
Sunny Ledfurd
Bleu Edmondson
Brandon Jenkins
John D. Hale Band
Matt Stell & The Crashers
The Sarah Hughes Band
Lance Carpenter

ThunderOnTheMountain.com

 

—PRESS RELEASE—

Todd Snider Finalizes Summer Plans

“My name is Todd Snider and I’ve been driving around this country for more than 15 years. I make this shit up and sing it for anybody that will listen to it… Some of its sad, some of its short, some of its funny, and some of it seems like it goes on forever… Often times I will ramble on for as many as 18 minutes between a particular song. I am gonna share my opinions with you tonight, not because they are smart or because you need to know them, but because they rhyme and I only know 3 chords” – Todd Snider

What better way to explain a Todd Snider show than words from the man himself.  This Summer the self proclaimed tree huggin’, peace lovin’, pot smokin’, porn watchin’ lazy ass hippie will be heading out all across America, and he wants you to come hang out for a few hours!  Stops include his stomping ground in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful Colorado, seven shows across Texas, and a stop at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN with Justin Earle Townes. Later this Summer, a stop in Alaska is even in store, as well as a stop at one of the best named festivals I’ve seen, What The Folk Festival in Memphis, TN.

Check him out this Summer when he hits a stage near you with his acoustic guitar, his harmonica, and no shoes on. Pick up his new albums, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Lullabyes, a solo album that is available now and the soon to be released Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker, a tribute to one of Sniders biggest influences, and the man responsible for unleashing the chaos that is Todd Snider on the world.

SPRING/SUMMER DATES

4.13/14 – John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Sparks, NV
4.15 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
4.16 – Humbrews – Arcata, CA
4.17 – Tower Theatre – Bend, OR
4.18 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
4.19/20 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
4.21 – A Club – Spokane, WA
4.22 – Visual Arts Collective – Boise, ID
4.24 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
4.25 – Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO
4.26 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
4.27 – L2 Arts and Culture Center – Denver, CO
4.28 – Henry Strater Theater -Durango, CO
4.29 – Sol Santa Fe Stage and Grill – Santa Fe, NM
5.1 – The Blue Light – Lubbock, TX
5.2 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
5.3 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
5.4/5 – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX
5.18 – Cherokee Music Festival – Cherokee, TX
5.19 – Discover Downtown Music Festival – Corpus Christi, TX
5.20 – Nelsonville Music Festival – Nelsonville, OH
5.22 – Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – Richmond, VA
5.23 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
5.24 – The Bottle and Cork – Dewey Beach, DE
5.25 – Jewish Mother – Virginia Beach, VA
5.26 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC
6.1 – Track 29 – Chattanooga,TN
6.2 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
6.13 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
6.14 – The Melting Point – Athens, GA
6.15 – Workplay – Birmingham, AL
6.16 – What The Folk Festival – Memphis, TN
6.20 – Pour House – Charleston, SC
6.21 – The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
6.22 – Visulite Theater – Charlotte, NC
6.23 – The Shed – Maryville, TN
6.30 – State Theater – State College, PA
7.7/8 – Winnipeg Folk Festival
7.20 – Bloomington, IN
7.28 – Fish Creek, WI
8.5 – Salmonstock Music Festival – Ninilchik, AK
8.18 – Brew Skies Festival – Davis, WV
9.22 – French Broad Music Festival – Hot Springs, NC

(Support includes: Ashleigh Flynn, Reed Foehl, Kevn Kinney, Dana Cooper , and select shows with Justin Townes Earle. Check the complete listing here for more info)

 

Photo Credit: Bradley Darby – 10/13/2011 at Harvest Music Festival in Ozark, AR

PREVIEW: Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Festival – Oct 13-16

Yonder Mountain String Band Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends at the Harvest Music Festival
Words and pictures by Bradley Darby

Jeff Austin - Yonder Mountain String Band

In a world flooded by music festivals priding themselves on having a diverse lineup that will attract fans of all genres, Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Music Festival stands apart. Entering its second year with the Yonder Mountain taking over the main billing, the Harvest Festival features some of the best bluegrass and folk acts out there today as well as one of the premiere festival sites in the country, Mulberry Mountain.

 

Taking place October 13-16 in Ozark, Arkansas (about an hour from Fayetteville) this year the incredible lineup is led by Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Railroad Earth, 7 Walkers feat. Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzmann, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Trampled by Turtles, Todd Snider as well as Harvest regulars Cornmeal, Mountain Sprout, and Split Lip Rayfield. In addition to their friends, your festival hosts the Yonder Mountain String Band will play 3 sets, and if the 2010 fest is any indication you will find them popping up all over guesting with other bands throughout the weekend. Music is scheduled to go until 3A.M. most nights with late night sets featuring Speakeasy, Split Lip Rayfield, and and of course Dirtfoot, who played a set that lasted until 5 A.M. last year and are scheduled for two more late night sets this year.

Dirtfoot - 2010 Harvest Festival

 

The Harvest Festival is a family friendly event as well, with The Roost area offering a Kidz Kamp, Hooping Lessons, Tye Dye lessons, and glass blowing classes as well as Yoga sessions each morning. This year will also mark the First Annual Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest, where contestants will compete in four competitions – Mandolin, Banjo, Flat Picking, and Fiddle – with winners of each receiving cash prizes. On Friday make sure to stop by the Chompdown, a free communal breakfast put on by festi-folks for festi-folks taking place in the RV Reserved campground at 9A.M. featuring a morning set by Dirtfoot…. the Chompdown is always one of the highlights of the weekend. Bring some bacon and eggs, or just bring yourself and meet some new friends while filling your belly. Check out the video below for a better idea of what the Chompdown really is.

Mountain Sprout - 2010 Harvest Festival Chompdown

 

But Mulberry Mountain offers so much more than just great music and people….. you can arrange a float trip on the gorgeous Mulberry River, or take one of the many trail heads off of Highway 23 for a scenic hike in the beautiful rolling hills of Northwestern Arkansas. Don’t forget about the waterfall located near the festival grounds, a popular site for many patrons.

 

Though the event is capped at only 7500 people, making it one of the more intimate festivals out there, tickets can still be purchased online or possibly at a local retailer near you to save some fees. Check www.yonderharvestfestival.com for ticketing info and last minute changes. Don’t forget to check back here at the end of October for a full recap and photo gallery!

 

 

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