From The Desk Of Hard Working Americans: Boulder, Colo.

HWALogoGonzo troubadour Todd Snider is the de facto leader of Hard Working Americans, a band that evolved out of his friendship with Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools. The group’s self-titled debut began as a collection of Snider’s favorite songs, many from past tourmates like country traditionalist Kieran Kane (“The Mountain Song”) and the Bottle Rockets’ Brian Henneman (“Welfare Music”). Two of the album’s most memorable tracks (“Another Train” and “I Don’t Have A Gun”) are credited to Will Kimbrough, who played in Snider’s ’90s backup band, the Nervous Wrecks. Snider and Schools will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new feature on them.


Snider:marijuana is legal in boulder and
for my money that right there is long list of reasons
why this is probably my favorite place but its also just
beautiful on a lot of levels both scenic and social.
i saw them boo the klan out of town once in 94 and
after midnight the whole city is run by George boedecker
who invented crocs and took so much acid with me one night
that we both thought we saw this emylou harris like kinda angelic
character in the woods behind the bar we drinking at.
and we heard it too. like a siren song thing.
so we went to see what it was. for a minute I thought for real
that it was that singer kasha because seems like she’d could
pull some shit like that over even be a ghost really.
if you think about. anyway. we had to go check it out.
then some cops came, uncharistically uncool cops I should add, and arrested my buddy george for not
hurting anybody and i ran to some house that turned out to be kind.those cops were later sent to the south for not understanding
Colorado or the translucent aura of a songwriter like kesha.
who could at anytime be moving in a million different ways at once
and that’s just known and im not trying to be cute either.
if you’d ever seen jeff Austin with yonder mountain at red rocks
or been to a party at vince herman’s house
in the ned you would understand that
you CAN get people laid with a mandolin…
if your a funky enough fucking cat but man
if your name aint jeff or vince
you might wanna put down the mando and play some blues toward closing time
that is if I understand the job right.
let me tell it like it is though, and not smooth to many feathers
boulder lacks young black men
young black men need to move up there and put some funk on that place
white people arent afraid of black people in boulder
they love everybody there..
its not the white men who don’t want black men around
its the black men who don’t want so many mandolins around
which is totally fair
somewhere along the line the field hippie who could whip
out a guitar at the campfire and sorta play some john Denver or sweet baby sweet switched to the field hippie with a mandolin singing some song called “chickens in the cyclone” by such and piss from
when ever it was.
it just doesn’t make sense.
neither does living someplace black guys don’t want to be
add some black guys
address the mandolin issue
and boulder is eden

also i should add that george boedecker was in the woods
and not behind the wheel of a car or dangering anybody
also i know for a fact that he pretty much spends his days
being asked for money and giving it to charitys all over the country
but mostly to the city of boulder where he built the boedecker center
and just threw a concert for flood victims so i ask you.
can my friend George take some acid and walk in the woods sometimes if he wants?
can he? like a fucking fiend he can.

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