Slick guitar, saxophone, electric organ, and Bocephus ride through singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s new fast-paced album Eastside Bulldog. Marketed as an outlet for his rock alter ego Elmo Buzz, it’s Snider’s first new album since 2012’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, and completely constructs a style for the character with Snider’s snappy arrangements and storytelling lyrics. Buzz is a rowdy musician, taking cues from a love of Hank Williams, Jr., and perturbed by any limits on his antics.
When is a Todd Snider album not a Todd Snider album? When it's the work of Elmo Buzz, which is the story behind Snider's 2016 release, Eastside Bulldog. For the uninitiated, Elmo Buzz is an alter ego Snider created so he could play club shows without violating exclusivity deals with promoters, but instead of just using a different name, Snider gave Elmo a distinctly weird personality all his own. As imagined by Snider, Elmo Buzz is a crazy guy living in East Nashville who is obsessed with booze, girls, cars, and Hank Williams, Jr., not necessarily in that order.