What Do Todd Snider and Haley Cole Have in Common?
For starters, they both recently played shows in the San Marcos area. Todd Snider played a sold out show at Gruene Hall, while Haley Cole played the late gig at Cheatham Street Warehouse. Most Todd Snider fans know that Todd Snider began his career at Cheatham Street, with the famous “Class of ‘84” and saw his idol, Jerry Jeff Walker, play a sold out show at Gruene Hall before beginning his musical journey.
Todd Snider wasn’t into nostalgia Saturday Night, but that was okay. For those of you who have never seen a Todd Snider show, it is a must. You are guaranteed to laugh out loud for half of the show. His stories are well documented. He told many of his stories weaved in between his songs of love, hope and despair. The crowd laughed, cheered, and even sang on cue, but there was no doubt he controlled the entire room. Dancehalls are not often listening rooms, but many times the only sound you could hear was Todd Snider’s voice. The highlight of the night was the covers he chose as the encore. Fittingly, but not surprisingly, due to his extensive musical knowledge, he played a somber version of Gary P. Nuun’s “London Homesick Blues” and closed out the show with Willie Nelson’s “Blue eyes Crying in the Rain”.
About fifteen minutes north, the Haley Cole bandwagon was gaining steam. I’m here to tell you, get on the Haley Cole bandwagon now!
I arrived at Haley Cole’s second set at Cheatham Street Warehouse and was immediately impressed. Her set began with an outstanding version of “Killing the Blues” and went directly into an acapella version of Willie Nelson/Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” After that I was hooked. All In. Done. Her voice was powerful and had great range, but voices are a dime a dozen. She has the energy and enthusiasm to hold any crowd. She has the rare gift of transferring her internal happiness and love of life itself to her audience. From there she played a new song of her recently kickstarted album Illusions that will be released early next year. She is currently touring Texas and can be found at Cheatham Street when she is not on the road. Do yourself a favor and check her show out.