Listen to Hard Working Americans Perform New Live Track “Mission Accomplished”

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Todd Snider and his band Hard Working Americans don’t pull any punches in the live version of “Mission Accomplished,” a Southern-fried jam session with some blistering slide guitar that recalls the Allman Brothers and a laid-back, swinging beat that makes the tune’s serious message go down a little sweeter. The track was adapted from a song Snider wrote earlier in his career and takes on new significance in today’s tumultuous political climate.

“‘Mission Accomplished’ is a song our band adopted from an album I did a long time ago called Peace Queer,” Snider says. “It talks about how a person hasn’t flown till they land, and how fighting for peace is like screaming for quiet. Back in those days I thought our leader seemed over confident and dishonest, but these days this song goes to eleven.”

The song is part of the band’s forthcoming live album We’re All in This Together, a collection of performances recorded during their 2016 Rest in Chaos tour. Many of the songs were culled from one show in Birmingham, Alabama.

We’re All in This Together is out August 4 via Melvin/Thirty Tigers. Listen to “Mission Accomplished” and check out the band’s tour dates below.

July 21  Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird

July 22  Chicago, IL @ The Great Lawn

Sept 21 Houston, TX @ Hobby Center *

Sept 22  Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park *

Sept 23  Austin, TX @ The Moody Theatre  *

Sept 24  Oklahoma City, OK @ The Tower City

Sept 26  Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon

Sept 27 St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

Sept 28  Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre

Sept 29  Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall

Sept 30  Gatlinburg, TN @ Sugarlands Mountain Fest

Oct  1 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

Oct  4  Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponta Vedra Concert Hall

Oct  5  Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Oct  6  Birmingham, AL @ TBA

Oct 7  Memphis, TN @ Festival in Memphis TBA

Nov  3  Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium *

Nov  4   Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre *

Nov   9   San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre *

Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre *

Nov 17  Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *

* supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band