From The Desk Of Hard Working Americans: You Are What You Eat, So Don’t Eat Shit

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 magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

Rioja

Schools: Farm to table or locavore—call it what you want but here’s an incomplete list of some of my favorite places to get real nourishment (and the occasional signature cocktail) around the states:

Rioja, Denver
Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore
Zazu, Sebastopol, Calif.
Miller Union, Atlanta
Topolobampo, Chicago
Tupelo Honey, Asheville, N.C.
My own damn kitchen when I’m actually home!

Video after the jump.