Epiphone's favorite troubadour Todd Snider kicks off a fall tour tonight at the Coast Key Theater in West, Florida for his new album, Eastside Bulldog
. Mr. Snider will be on the road throughout the month visiting Louisville, Green Bay, Saint Paul, St. Louis, Oxford, De Moines, and Little Rock. Visit Snider's website for details
For his new album, Snider resurrected his alter-ego Elmo Buzz and turned him into what Snider describes as full-blown three-dimensional character whose interests include Hank Williams, Jr., partying, and an avowed hatred of his least favorite musician--Todd Snider. Read our classic interview
with Mr. Snider who is a devoted fan of his Epiphone EJ-200
. And thanks to Shore Fire Media and Stacie Huckeba for the cool photo.
"I always wanted a jumbo Gibson because I thought that's what the Rolling Stones used and Emmylou Harris used
," Snider told Epiphone.com. "So, I called Gibson and asked if I could have a jumbo Gibson and they told me that me my song was not popular enough to be making that phone call. But maybe it was doing well enough to let me try the Epiphone jumbo that they were trying to promote at the time. And I got that and definitely fell in love with it.
Since my first album, I've written every song I've written on those jumbo Epiphones. I believe the low end has that "Country Honk" (*Ed, acoustic version of "Honky Tonk Women" from The Rolling Stones 1969 album Let It Bleed) sound of the 'Stones. I feel like the jumbo Epiphones with medium strings are the way to get it. When it was time for me to try a Gibson, I felt like the high end was too bright for me. So I stuck with my Epiphone. I just never, ever went back. The first time I used one was on Austin City Limits and I remember hearing the monitors at sound check and thinking: I've been wanting this sound my whole life. And I finally have it. And I've had so many people try to talk me out of my guitar. Jerry Jeff always say: 'but it's too heavy, you're getting old.' I say, nah, I don't care."