Todd Snider: Time as We Know It — The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker

Written by April 17th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Todd Snider
Time as We Know It — The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker
(Aimless)
Rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s probably no shock for Todd Snider followers to discover that he was/is heavily influenced by veteran gonzo country singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker. Snider has been carrying on Walker’s scraggly Texas-styled country/Americana tradition since he started, without specifically acknowledging it… until now. He and some musical friends along with co-producer to the stars Don Was, kick back and sling out 14 Walker tracks that range from the iconic (“Mr. Bojangles”/“Railroad Lady”) to the relatively obscure (“Vince Triple-O Martin”) with the same laconic/scrappy vibe that has defined Walker’s own music over the past 45 years. It’s clearly a labor of love but should also help Walker’s tunes (and extensive career) get discovered by Snider’s younger, hipper fan base.

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