ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Todd Snider isn’t going to make any more new music. The singer/songwriter released “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables” in March, and decided that it would be his last album of original material.
“I’ve made so many records over the course of my career,” he says during a recent interview. “I don’t think that I enjoy that process anymore.”
Snider says the songs really felt natural on this record and he doesn’t think he can do it again.
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“While I was writing the songs, I could tell that this was the end of my writing,” he says. “I’m fulfilled with the record that I made. I feel like I have to move on.”
Snider says while he was writing for his current album, he was aware of making sure that each song was something he could see himself singing decades later.
“With music, once a song is out there, it’s out,” he says. “There’s no turning back, and I wanted to ensure that I was confident enough with each song that I wouldn’t mind performing it later in my career. There was so much pressure that I put on myself to get all of the songs right.”
Of the 10 songs on the album, Snider says there is one happy love song, called “Brenda,” which is about Snider’s favorite couple, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
“I admire that relationship a lot,” Snider says. “What Mick and Keith have is real, and it can’t be touched and it can’t be beat. I’ve never met them, but I believe in the Rolling Stones. That’s who I think about at Christmas anymore. They opened their hearts and gave us so much. And they tried to be true to each other.”
While Snider has come to terms with his decision to not write any new material, he is releasing another album, “Time As We Know It: Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker” in May.
“I saw him in concert and realized that I didn’t have to be in a band to make music,” he says. “He’s been a big influence in my life and I wanted to do an entire album of his music.”
Snider began his music career with his 1994 debut, “Songs for the Daily Planet.” Since then, he has released more than 15 albums and continues to be a strong voice in the Americana and folk circles.