Republican Vs. Democrat, Male Vs. Female, War Vs. Peace, Light Vs. Dark, Good Vs. Evil, Man Vs. Machine, Love Vs. Hate, Dog Vs. Cat, Sun Vs. Moon, Brain Vs. Brawn, Oscar Vs. Grammy, Angel Vs. Demon, Laurel Vs. Hardy, Beer Vs. Wine---
No! Wait! Stop!
It's not the first or the fifteenth of the month, so this CAN'T be a new installment of 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'.
It was my friend Robin (“The Girl Wonder”) who said to me, “It is my fervent hope that you will continue to blog beyond BOTB.” This blog bit is my way of sayin', “OK. Your wish is my command... just like in that dream.”
As you all know, my friend FAE and I conspired to use Willie Nelson (against Sarah Vaughan) in our last 'BOTB' blog bits. And then the other day I was involved in a discussion about music concerts with my friend Arlee Bird. In that blogversation I said that the three best concerts I'd ever been to were the three times I saw Waylon Jennings on stage. One of the things that made his shows so special were the funny stories he would tell between songs about the times he was hanging out with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
Well, thinking about Waylon and Willie naturally made me think of Todd Snider.
You don't know 'bout Todd Snider?
I didn't know about him either until my friend LC turned me onto him some years ago. (Yeah, I have A LOT of friends because I'm so friendly. If you want friends, be friendly; if you want good times, keep a positive attitude; if you want a relationship with God, pray to Him; if you want a lot of money... rob liquor stores.)
Todd Snider is the guy who, in 1994, released 'SONGS FOR THE DAILY PLANET', which is quite possibly the greatest debut album by anyone anywhere anytime.
To be honest, I do not at all like the direction Todd Snider and his career took. But those first several albums were absolutely outstanding and proved that Snider was the best songwriter since Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. And he was funny like Waylon, both on record and in concert.
Below is a track from Snider's first live album. Most of the running time is Snider telling the story of how he came to write the song 'BALLAD OF THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE TAVERN', and it's really funny (a la Waylon Jennings in concert). Be forewarned though that Snider drops the “F-bomb” a few times. If that doesn't bother you, then you'll find this story-song very entertaining:
'The Story Of The
'Ballad Of The Devil's Backbone Tavern'
~ Todd Snider
If you're looking for a wine that pairs well with Todd Snider's music, I recommend this one:
Until the next 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS' installment on October 1st, this is STMcC sayin', “Yak later...”
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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