Key to the Highway: Todd Snider

Interviews Key to the Highway Series

Americana Highways’ Key to the Highway series   Photo by Melissa Clarke

Fans always clamor to learn more about their favorite, most beloved musicians and those who travel with them. There’s such an allure to the road, with its serendipity, inevitable surprises, and sometimes unexpected discomforts. This interview series is a set of questions we are asking some of our favorite roots rock Americana artists to get to know more about them and what they’ve learned and experienced on the road. We are sure they have key insights to share and stories to tell. Here’s one from Todd Snider.

How do you like your coffee or other morning wake-up beverage?

it should seem unwise at this juncture of my career, after all i’ve been thru with various government opratives to be just giving out this information, especially given the current state of the americana seen and the administration at large, et al. per say.

i am not calling names or pointing fingers or saying words that conclude or drive a narrative but i will tell you this, and i think we can all agree, at times like these when the moon is in gatorade and the forests echo with laughter that a good cup of coffee beats the best day working. and vice a versa. rim shot.

What’s the most interesting or strangest motel/hotel or place you have stayed (while on the road?)

oh man how am i supposed to top that last answer, that was pure comedy gold. read it again.. hahahahaahahhah

you know whats been fucking driving me crazy lately. chicks. when it comes to chicks …. i just don’t know.

but with travel i always think its interesting to not know how you got where you are? or where it is, per say, et al.

so to speak, as it were… now with that said.. hmmm… there is a two room hotel in homer alaska, i cant remember the name of it.

but it was my top trip in my life so far.

If one CD is stuck in the player in the van for the entire tour, what do you hope it is?  And why?

exile on mainstreet, cuz i don’t fuck around.

What’s one personal item you must have with you on your road trip?

a can a spray paint, a sock, a couple a party girls and a few a personal items.

What is your relationship with food?   How do you handle this on the road, and what’s your favorite dish on the road, (or restaurant, and what do you order there)?

i always feel like food is laughing at me when i am not around, or pandering to me when i am, and i try to talk about it or bring it up

but i know i am just giving it fodder for when i am gone. so i am like fuck it, then i go on the road thinking i just won’t eat all, but then i do.

and i am right back all caught up in it again.

If you could pause your life for a few weeks and spend some time living in a place you only have passed through, which would you choose, and why?

eggfart texas, for the groping and colluding, and the world famous songwriting football

What quote or piece of advice have you gotten from someone on the road that has really stuck with you? 

one time, under circumstances i shall not disclose, for the same reasons i lamented above, before this interview to such downword spiral

and such and accusitory tone, frankly, thank you…. i should say that the best quote slash veiled piece of advice i ever recieved in all my allustrius years

on the folk circuit was when the great john prine said to me, in particular “nice tie butt head” ….

i knew what he meant. i really did. and it has served me all these years to know that about the tie.

i think about it all the time.

Find all things Todd Snider here: and our earlier interview here: Interview: Todd Snider on Cash Cabin Sessions, Dreams and Songwriting

See other Key to the Highway interviews here: (click here for: Elizabeth Cook Tommy Womack Eric Ambel, Dan Baird, Robbie Fulks, Malcolm Holcombe Jon Langford Steve Poltz, Lilly Hyatt  Sarah Shook & the Disarmers ) Sign up for our weekly newsletter here for your Friday reminder for this series and more: