Todd Snider's East Nashville Skyline, his 4th Oh Boy Records release, is a collection of bold, sometimes unsettling, often funny songs about death, suicide, going to jail & growing old. Told in only the way Todd Snider can, with wry wit, unabashed honesty & a unique perspective. They're the kind of songs that make you laugh while hitting you in the gut. Produced by Todd Snider & long time friend & band member Will Kimbrough, East Nashville Skyline features appearances by Tim Carroll & Elizabeth Cook, 9 brand new songs, 3 choice covers & liner notes by the man himself. This is some of Todd's best work yet.
East Nashville lies just across the Cumberland River from the mansions and skyscrapers Music Row built, but for Todd Snider it may as well be in outer space. On his seventh album, he paints a word-drunk, smart-ass, but always affectionate portrait of this gritty neighborhood--the dead-end dives, low-rent bungalows, and musicians barely scraping by--with a freewheeling comedic spirit as true to country as it is to rock & roll. He gives Mike Tyson a chummy hug, flips off the moral majority, fails to decipher "Louie, Louie," and turns an attempted suicide into a bittersweet recognition of human folly. Producer Will Kimbrough
keeps the sound loose and tipsy, sometimes whittling back to a single acoustic guitar, which is just right for Snider's funniest, sharpest, and most life-affirming album yet. --Roy Kasten