Todd Snider

Thursday September 16, 2021
8:00pm
$45 public | $40 members

This concert was rescheduled from 2020.  All tickets for the original date will be honored. 

You don't often hear about an artist reinventing their sound eighteen albums into a celebrated career. But for Todd Snider, his latest release, First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, isn't so much a sudden change in direction as an arrival after years of searching.

“I miss banging around America like it's my yard,” Snider says of the lost, last year. “I like to play for people. Staying home, I gardened, I got a boat, I played guitar a lot. But then I usually don't make up ten songs in one year, so that's one good thing about the pandemic.”

The other key framing device for the new songs is the album's colorful title. “If the gods of folk didn't want no funk, they shouldn't have started none,” Snider says with a chuckle. “2020 was a terrible year, and it kept taking people that I loved. So I kept feeling funky, and the church idea came out of that. I've always had the First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder in mind. He playfully undermines typical sermon themes like faith can move mountains  - on “Turn Me Loose (I'll Never Be the Same”), he reckons “Mountains can get around just fine on their own -  and finding meaning on mystical sojourns

I'd like it to feel like a drum circle or a revival for listeners. I'd like it to feel like a hippie summer, where you listen to the songs by a beautiful lake.

Opening Artist: Reed Foehl

With the Feb. 1, 2019, release of Reed Foehl’s fifth solo album, Lucky Enough, fans will get a dose of powerful medicine, a cathartic collection of 10 songs that Foehl recorded with help from a mighty musical force, The Band of Heathens, produced by Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist at their Finishing School studio in Austin, TX. It’s an album that will undoubtedly solidify his standing as one of the most compelling and vital Americana artists around.

On Lucky Enough, Foehl touches on a range of Americana styles, all with emotionally charged lyrics and can’t-get-out-of-your-head choruses, from somber folk elegies (“Stealing Starlight” and “American Miles”) and gospel-tinged tunes (“Carousel Horses”) to barroom country singalongs (“Long Time to Make Old Friends”) and jaunty calypso- flavored, country-infused pop (“Wish I Knew”). These are deeply personal songs for Foehl, and while they were written during some dark days, there’s a sense of optimism and gratitude, an overriding feeling that the hope outshines the heartbreak. In 2017 Foehl was making a big move, heading to Nashville to continue his craft as an artist and a songwriter. That made sense after co-writing the leadoff song (“Fly”) with up-and-coming country singer/songwriter Brent Cobb on Lee Ann Womack’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, The Way I’m Livin’.

​On the way, he got a call from his mother, Linda. She had lymphoma, and she needed him. He didn’t hesitate, ditching his fully-loaded car in Nashville and flying straight home to Massachusetts. In that year and a half taking care of his mom, he wrote most of the songs you will hear on Lucky Enough.