The Man, the Myth, the Legend

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Todd Snider, with the Coal Men

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15

Where: Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.

Cost: $20

Web: waitingroomlounge.com

Phone: 402-884-5353

Todd Snider, the affable Amricana troubadour who won the hearts of Omahans back in 1996 when he played the now-defunct Jones Street Brewery in the Old Market, will be back in Omaha on Tuiesday to play the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St., in Benson.

I was the music columnist at the Omaha World-Herald at the time, and I did a pre-show interview with Snider for the paper. During that conversation we somehow ended up on Waylon Jennings and his song "Luckenback, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" a version of which I insisted I could sing "brilliantly."

"Why don't you come up on stage and sing it with us?" he "Why not, indeed," I replied.

And so it was – my five minutes of fame. Years later, the guy working the sound board that night sent me a tape of my performance. I still have it. And no, you can't listen to it.

But what you can listen to is Snider. Tickets for his 8 p.m. show, which features the Coal Men as openers, are $20.

You can get a feel for this amazing singer-songwriter's storytelling and brand of roots rock by watching the video linked below. Just click it to watch it.

This is one of those shows where I can offer my personal guarantee. I promise 100% satisfaction or ... well, just go, I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this one.

But don't take my word for it – Snider's albums are typically on Rolling Stone's annual best-of lists, including 2012's Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, of which the magazine said: "One of the sharpest, funniest storytellers in rock, Snider keeps the indictments coming."


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