Todd Snider Biography

11 October 1966, Portland, Oregon, USA. Roots rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Snider is a native of Portland, Oregon. He had a rough home life growing up, which led to his running away from home as a teenager with very little money in his pocket. After drifting around, Snider settled down in Texas for a while and began penning songs as a form of therapy. It was not long before Snider began to soak up the music of renowned Texas country artists such as Joe Ely, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, and especially Jerry Jeff Walker. After moving once more to Memphis (during the mid-80s), Snider was taken under the wing of another artist he admired a great deal, John Prine. He encouraged the burgeoning singer-songwriter to start taking his craft more seriously. Snider’s real break came when a member of Jimmy Buffet’s backing band played a Snider demo tape for Buffet. By the early 90s, Snider was signed to Buffet’s record label, Margaritaville Records (a subsidiary of MCA), resulting in the releases of critically acclaimed but commercially underachieving albums such as Songs For The Daily Planet (1994), Step Right Up (1996), and Viva Satellite (1998), all recorded with his band the Nervous Wrecks.

Shortly thereafter, Snider was dropped by the record company, but landed back on his feet shortly afterwards, signing on with Prine’s independent Oh Boy label. Happy To Be Here (2000) and New Connection (2002) confirmed his talent.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.