I picked up his book completely randomly one day; opened to a random page and read a good ten pages without looking up. From here I turned to the front of the book and read to the end. Needless to say I liked it collection of various, often hilarious, stories. A lot.
He has a very smooth, interesting and easy-to-read style of writing and he really knows how to tell a story (he basically nailed the two things every writers needs to be considered a good writer). Each chapter is a different story and the chapters flow in a non-linear way; bouncing around the timeline of his career with seemingly no order. As the bio progresses the chapters begin to link arms and by the conclusion I was able to draw together a pretty good picture of this guy’s life has been like so far. Snider has had a pretty awesome run so far.
From earning the respect songwriting hero’s like Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine at a young age to traveling the world many times over he’s had a damn good run.
I’m just not gonna go into any of his exploits; he tells it better then I could possibly summarize. I will mention that Kent Finlay, the owner of the Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos Texas played a huge part in Snider’s career. This part was all a surprise. I’ve talked to Kent a few times at his Wednesday night open mic and he’s had very encouraging words for me about my music. He’s a Texas legend with a huge history; he’s also a great guy and it was awesome to see him get some much deserved recognition. (Read more here about Kent and Cheatham Street here)
Before reading this book I only knew a couple things about Todd Snider. One: that he was a music performer of some sort and two: that he wrote a talking-blues song called Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues and that it was funny. Now I know a bunch of things about him and it makes me want to listen to his music; which I will. Someday. In the meantime I hope he writes another book.