I Owe You All…

…The Lost Snider Tapes

Photo by Todd Purifoy

Over a year ago I conducted two interviews with Todd Snider – one in January, 2009, and one more in May, 2009. I intended to write a interview/CD review article – based around the interviews – with hopes of getting it published in a national magazine. I sent query letters (sans the article) to a bunch of national publications, trying to get my foot in the big door only to find it locked (or maybe there were other writers leaning on the door from the inside). Then I got busy with other projects and pushed the Snider article to the back-burner – a couple months later my laptop crashed and the audio files of the interview were among the things lost.

BUT – guess what I just found on a flash drive buried at the back of my desk drawer? Apparently, at some time before the crash, I had a moment of clarity and good sense, and backed the audio files onto the flash drive – and then forgot I had backed them up.

So, my resolution to you all is that I’ll get them transcribed and up on my blog. That is, if you are still interested in reading them. The May, 2009 interview – that I’ll post first – has some very cool conversation about the (then) soon-to-be-released The Excitement Plan, Don Was, jail-time, wine, relationships, and some personal subjects that I promised Todd would be kept off the record – and they will stay that way. Since we talked for damn near an hour, that interview will have to be broken up into three or four parts (like I did with the Will Kimbrough interview).

The interview done in January, 2009 – that I’ll post after the May interview –  was a lot of fun too; We talked about his tour, living on the road, and his (then) upcoming Eugene, Oregon show. I’ll also share my experiences on the Todd Snider tour bus here in Eugene…

BUT FIRST – My wife, our dog Zack, and I have to pack up and move again at the end of January. You see, I got laid-off from my full-time job at OBEC Consulting Engineers in Eugene, Oregon over eight months ago and have had no luck finding full-time work here. I know that there’s a lot of that going around, I’m not the only one, so I won’t whine about it.

So I PROMISE, once we get settled in, sometime in February, I’ll get busy transcribing those Once-Lost Snider Tapes. Thanks for understanding. I hope your 2011 is better than your 2010!

10 Responses to “I Owe You All…”

  1. 1 Barbara
    January 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Looking forward to your next article!
    Loving you the way I do
    I only wanna live with you
    And I would go to the ends of the earth
    ‘Cause, darling, to me that’s what you’re worth
    Where you lead, I will follow

    -Carole King

  2. January 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Gasp! My new favorite blogger!! I just found you using “Tag Surfer,” and it looks like I have some reading to do! Todd Snider and Will Kimbrough fans UNITE!! Saw TSNW in Sparks in Feb 2009, and it ranks as my Top 3 Favorite Shows of All-Time! Saw Todd several times at The Tractor in Ballard, WA and once at the Zoo and Triple Door. Saw and met Will in Coos Bay and Sparks. Have never met the Elusive Mr. Snider. Back to work now, but I’ll be in touch!
    PS, sorry about the job situation. It’s rough out there. L

  3. January 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Hey, do you know if Todd is actually playing with the original Nervous Wrecks (including Will K, Paul G, David Z) as his backup band at the Nugget show?? It looks like Great American Taxi is either opening or backing. The Nugget has Todd posted with Nervous Wrecks, but Todd’s site says he’s playing with Gr. Am. Taxi.

  4. January 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Nevermind. Tour mgr. for Great American Taxi wrote back. Todd will be playing with them.

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