Todd Snider is a singer-songwriter in the traditional sense of the word. His latest release, East Nashville Skyline, is a collection of bold, sometimes unsettling, often funny songs about death, suicide, going to jail and growing old- all told with wry wit, unabashed honesty and a fabulously unique perspective. They’re the kind of songs that make you laugh while still hitting you in the gut. With influences that include such legends as John Prine, Kevn Kinney, Roger Miller, and Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider has the sort of solid inspirations to write a kind of music that connects with the audience and creatively fulfills him as an artist. Even with the splendid lyrics sung in smooth harmony, it is important not to overlook Snider’s prowess on the guitar. While some singer-songwriters are content with a three chord format, Snider prefers to mix things up along the frets with a stealth that echoes his previously mentioned influences.