Hard Working Americans may just be the best supergroup you've probably never heard of. The powerhouse sextet is a side project for its impressive roster that includes alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider; guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and (formerly) Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals; bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, as well as its recent interim drummer Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch and brother of Derek); keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi; and guitarist Jesse Aycock.
On any given day on 88.1 KDHX, you'll hear a dizzying array of sounds: folk, rock, pop, country, funk, blues, world, bluegrass and beyond. "Live at KDHX, Volume 11" is an aural portrait of the diversity, quality and independence that makes KDHX unique.
The word "hippie" has a bad connotation. Hippies don't mind because that's the way of the hippie. In fact hippies love to call themselves hippies.
If this generation of folk musicians has a character that purposefully seeks to be the fart in the spacesuit, a poke in the ointment or a fly in the eye, it surely has to be Todd Snider.
The year 2012 was a memorable one for the live performance studios of 88.1 KDHX. We hosted over 170 national and local bands, all of whom gave us their very best.
Last night, halfway through his set, Todd Snider asked the audience to request songs. Loud calls rained down directed at the stage.
Imagine this: A genuine yet cynical folk artist, surrounded by buzz bin hits from the '90s, but ultimately a brilliant storyteller. That's Todd Snider, and he's here to stay.
Possessing a humor that draws fans in, singer-songwriter Todd Snider often covers topics that run much deeper.