Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Rue Snider combines 80s alt sonics with a lyrical style reminiscent of 60s rock revolutionaries. His new album City Living is a loose chronicle of his move to Manhattan in the mid aughts and an examination of the thoughts and choices that occur while living in transition: geographically, emotionally, spiritually, politically, and socially. City Living is upbeat musically with lyrics that reflect real human experiences, from falling in love at Coney Island, to wandering Brooklyn heartbroken, to standing up to injustice.
"New York is the central character in the story of my life,” says Rue. "It’s my longest relationship. It’s real love and heartbreak rolled into one. It’s the ex lover who sticks around after the pain stops. It’s the seasons that change no matter what. It’s poetry personified. It’s incapable of dishonesty.”
City Living was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Langhorne Slim, Hurray for the Riff Raff).
Rue toured the country extensively for the last four years playing bars and coffee shops in 37 states. He’s built a loyal fan base one show at a time and amassed an impressive catalogue of music. He has released 2 records, 4 EPs, and 6 music videos, 5 of which he directed and edited. The video for his song "Heaven" was one of the first shot using a drone and won Best Music Video at the Sene Film Fest. His song, "Speak My Mind" was chosen as part of the political project, "1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs."
Rue has shared the stage with Lydia Loveless, Gaelynn Lea, Tom Maxwell (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Superhuman Happiness (Stuart Bogie - Antibalas, Arcade Fire), Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion), Blue Healer, Donna Missal, and Walter Salas-Humara (the Silos).