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Solo Snider: Though he’s got a band, Todd Snider is doing some solo gigs

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, “Songs for the Daily Planet.”

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, “Songs for the Daily Planet.”

SANTA FE, N.M. — Todd Snider is used to the hiccups that come along with touring. From a flight delayed to the bus not being ready, Snider has heard it all.

This time around, Snider is actually happy for a delay.

“I wouldn’t have been ready to leave anyway,” he says with a laugh during an interview from his Nashville, Tenn., home. “I’ve been so behind with life lately, it’s been difficult for me to get on track. This delay really saved me because I have more time to get ready.”

Snider has been recording music for two decades. In fact, the 48-year-old is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album, “Songs for the Daily Planet.” He’s also got a slew of new songs up his sleeve ready for release.

“I’ve been very lucky to have this career,” he says. “Each time I get on stage, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to get on the road, travel and play music.”

Snider’s tour is giving him a chance for some solo gigs.

In December 2013, Snider unveiled his new band, Hard Working Americans in Boulder, Colo. For nearly two years, Snider has been cultivating the sound of the band.

“These guys feel like home to me,” he says. “It’s taken us a long time to find each other. We’re creating some really phenomenal music. I can’t wait to see what’s coming out next. I get good nerves when I’m on stage with this band.”

Hard Working Americans consists of Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly, Duane Trucks and Jesse Aycock. The band released an album of covers last year.

Snider enjoys balancing both projects and hopes to bring them together on tour in the future.

“All of these guys enjoy going out on the road as much as I do,” he says. “We’re building a pretty fantastic relationship right now. It’s been amazing to find this band after all these years of me doing this on my own.”


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