If there’s one thing that singer-songwriter Todd Snider knows all about, it’s telling stories. Rolling Stone magazine has named his “America’s sharpest musical storyteller.” His brand new double-disc live album is titled “The Storyteller.” And Snider is slated to ramble into Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson at 9pm on Friday to regale us with his tales in person.
So we wanted to know about the troubadours whose songs and stories most inspired Snider. Here’s what we found out:
1. BOB DYLAN: For me, when it comes to being a fan of a troubadour, I have to laugh with you before I’ll cry with you, simply because most troubadours expect you to cry over their journal entries with them. Most troubadours are awful people. Bob, however, is not. I think he’s America’s finest contribution to the world, of any kind. He does not have a song I don’t like, and while he doesn’t talk much on stage, when he does, it’s precise, funny, wise and everything else. There really is no point in anyone else doing this troubadour thing. Hell, I once paid for a tape of Bob arguing on the phone…and I thought it was a great album.