by Robert Bell
9 p.m. Juanita's. $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.
Todd Snider rose to prominence during what could be called The Alternative Years of popular music, from roughly 1991 to 1995. He drew inspiration not from the clanging din of alt-rock pioneers like Sonic Youth and Mudhoney, but rather from the sounds of an earlier generation.
His first tune to get widespread airplay was a talkin' blues sendup of grunge culture called "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues." If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like if Woody Guthrie got to making fun of Alice In Chains, this is as close as you're likely to get.
That was a while back, and Snider has fared quite a bit better than many of the goateed angst-merchants he was gently lampooning. In addition to country and blues influences, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan loom large in Snider's sound. Like many of his '60s progenitors, Snider isn't afraid to get political. Unlike a lot of those forerunners, he maintains a sense of humor.