Snider, 47, known in equal parts for his silly onstage banter and his Americana-style songs like Alright Guy and Beer Run, will visit Skipper's Smokehouse on Tuesday. He'll present "A Very Special Multimedia Evening With Todd Snider,'' which will include a preview of East Nashville Tonight, a film that originally was intended to be a documentary on Snider but turned into what has been best described as a "stoner musical.'' Snider will also read from his new book, I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like (Mostly True Tall Tales), answer questions and take song requests. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit wmnf.org/events.
What's on your nightstand?
Food of the Gods (by Terence McKenna). It's great. It's about the story on (the Tree of Knowledge) and how mushrooms and peyote helped make communication possible. I also have Mind Over Back Pain (by John Sarno).
Do you have back trouble?
Well, I have a difficult time with my back, but I'm finally making headway. I'm learning that so much of back pain is in your brain, and the book has been helpful.
When it comes to songwriting, what singer-songwriter has inspired you the most?
I'd say for me probably Jerry Jeff Walker. As a writer, I love Hunter Thompson though. Reading Hunter inspires me. ... I love Bob Dylan, and I think he's my favorite American. His influence on early rock 'n' roll is up there the same way Picasso and Shakespeare influenced their times.
Piper Castillo can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4163.