To hear him tell it, Todd Snider did not make “Peace Queer” of his own free will.
“I was abducted by an international league of peace queers and forced to write this protest music,” the goodhumored Nashville-based singersongwriter says of the eight-song set, which includes socio-politically minded tracks such as “Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)” and a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.”
“They beat me severely,” he adds, “which is ironic, them being peace queers ...”
“Peace Queer” is actually a diversion from Snider’s next album, which he’s been recording with Detroit native Don Was (ne Fagenson). The project has been going well, but Snider, 42, says at the same time, “I kept feeling like I had these political songs that were getting in the way of it.
“I felt like I had a movie and a short film going on at the same time, and they were ruining each other,” Snider explains. So I took off for a minute and went and got these songs out of my system. And it seemed like this (election year) was sort of their time, y’know?
“I think I made the right decision — I sure hope so. I’m sure after I put the other one out some friend will come up and say it would’ve been better as one record, but we really won’t know that for a couple of years.”
Todd Snider performs at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 17) as part of Friday Night Live! at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The show is included with museum admission. Call (313) 833-7355 or visit www.dia.org.