What: Todd Snider, with the Coal Men
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15
Where: Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.
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."