Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

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  • "Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)"
  • "Ballad of Cape Henry"
  • "Fortunate Son"
  • "Is This Thing Working?"
  • "Stuck on a Corner (Prelude to a Heart Attack)"
  • "Dividing the Estate (A Heart Attack)"
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Singer-songwriter Todd Snider has never been one to keep his feelings hidden. He came on the scene with the song "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues" and has garnered comparisons to songwriting's satiric best — John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver — ever since.

But his latest effort, an EP titled Peace Queer, is another monster altogether. Snider announced the record release by claiming that he was abducted by an international league of hippies, calling themselves the Peace Queers, who forced him to write protest music.

The resulting eight tracks are heavy on melody and metaphor, mixing politically and socially disgruntled themes while maintaining Snider's stinging wit. Snider's hushed reworking of John Fogerty's "Fortunate Son" somehow adds depth to an already powerful protest song, while "Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)" lays out Snider's M.O.: "I'm so turned around I could calm up a riot / Fightin' for peace? That's like screaming for quiet."

Making his ninth appearance on Mountain Stage, Snider asks the house band to join him for six of the songs from Peace Queer, including the Gil Scott-Heron-style narration, "Is This Thing Working?" — which is included, with full backing band, on the Peace Queer EP under the title, "Is This Thing On?"

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