• Singer-songwriter Todd Snider returns to Mountain Stage to help celebrate the program's 30th anniversary.
    Hide caption
    Singer-songwriter Todd Snider returns to Mountain Stage to help celebrate the program's 30th anniversary.
    Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
  • Since his first Mountain Stage appearance in 1995, Snider has returned to the program 10 times.
    Hide caption
    Since his first Mountain Stage appearance in 1995, Snider has returned to the program 10 times.
    Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
  • A witty musical storyteller, Snider is influenced by roots-rock.
    Hide caption
    A witty musical storyteller, Snider is influenced by roots-rock.
    Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
  • His latest recorded project is a re-imagination of a barroom cover band.
    Hide caption
    His latest recorded project is a re-imagination of a barroom cover band.
    Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
  • In this performance, Larry Groce joins Snider on stage to sing "Welfare Music" by The Bottle Rockets.
    Hide caption
    In this performance, Larry Groce joins Snider on stage to sing "Welfare Music" by The Bottle Rockets.
    Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

1 of 5

View slideshow i

Mountain Stage

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/299053794/299057663" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special appearance by singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

Snider made his first visit to Mountain Stage in 1995, and has returned 10 more times since. Outspoken, thoughtful and funny, host Larry Groce has been known to introduce Snider by saying, "The views expressed by Todd do not necessarily reflect those of Mountain Stage — but they might." And while Groce rarely appears onstage with guests once their set starts, he was invited onstage by Snider to sing one of their favorite songs, "Welfare Music," by The Bottle Rockets.

Since his debut in the mid-1990s, Snider has gracefully transformed himself from roots-rock-influenced wisecracker to one of America's smartest, sweetest and wittiest musical storytellers. While he appears here solo, Snider's latest project, The Hard Working Americans, is a re-imagination of the barroom cover band, with songs by Randy Newman, Hayes Carll, Will Kimbrough and more.

Snider's set is followed by short remarks by Larry Groce about the 30th anniversary of Mountain Stage.

Set List
  • "Stomp And Holler"
  • "Down To The Well"
  • "Welfare Music"
  • "Greencastle Blues"
  • "Too Soon To Tell"
  • "Is This Thing Workin'?"
  • "Joy To The World"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Angel Olsen in a scene from her new video for the song "Shut Up Kiss Me" Courtesy Of The Artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Of The Artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: Angel Olsen, 'Shut Up Kiss Me'

In a video shot like a '70s horror movie, Olsen shares a new song from the forthcoming My Woman.

A still from Casket Girls' "Tears of a Clown" video. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

All Songs TV

Casket Girls' New Song Is A Protest Song

The eerie Savannah, Ga pop band wants to express its rage with the current state of our culture.

Japanese Breakfast in a scene for her new video for the song "Jane Cum" Courtesy Of The Artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Of The Artist

All Songs TV

Japanese Breakfast Shares A New Video

Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner, crafts a creepy video to match the drama of her music.

Lucius performing at the live 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Colin Marshall/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Colin Marshall/NPR

Front Row

Watch Lucius, Live In Concert

Watch Lucius bring its vibrant pop spectacle to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Gorgon City performs live in the studio for KCRW. Davis Bell/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption Davis Bell/KCRW

Favorite Sessions

Gorgon City, 'Love Me' (Live)

KCRW

Watch the U.K. house duo premiere its new track, "Love Me," for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

The Kills perform live for KCRW. Dustin Downing/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Dustin Downing/Courtesy of the artist

Favorite Sessions

The Kills, 'Doing It To Death' (Live)

The rock duo plays with musical tension in a throbbing, riff-heavy song, live in KCRW's studio.

Back To Top