Todd Snider celebrated his 42nd birthday last Friday by making his new album/EP, Peace Queer (due out October 14), available free as a digital download. Todd puts together a witty, but passionate, commentary of eight folk songs as few singer-songwriters of this day are capable. Guest artist like Patty Griffin (on a plaintive cover of CCR's "Fortunate Son"), Kevin Kinney, and Will Kimbrough all lend a hand. The following is Todd's description of the story told through the songs from a Cokie Roberts piece for NPR.
"It begins like the Iraq War began: by declaring victory and then plowing forward into the long night," Snider said. "We started our drive with an end-zone dance. Peace Queer is a six-song cycle, starting with a song called "Mission Accomplished." In six sentences, the record goes like this: Here's the kid being told everything's going to be great. Here's the reality of that. Here's that kid when he comes home a sad and banged-up and angry 'winner'." Here's the breakdown of why I think that's happening. Here's the guy in our culture that I think is causing that to happen, and it's not a president. And then here's what I think is going to happen to that guy. And then we roll credits."Stuck On The Corner (Prelude To A Heart Attack) (mp3)
Peace Queer is available as a free download through October 31 at Todd Snider's Store.