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Todd Snider previews forthcoming live album

Todd Snider previews forthcoming live album

By Kristin Whittlesey

Photo by Stacie Huckeba Photo by Stacie Huckeba

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Some musicians see the road as a necessary evil. Others crave it and thrive there. Todd Snider, by his own admission, is the latter. By his own accounting, the pandemic represented his first time off the road in the better part of 30 years.

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So when Snider headed back out in the summer of 2021, after a year and a half, he was more than ready to make up for lost time, and he documented all of it, recording his concerts from August to December.

The result is Live: Return of the Storyteller, a 16-song collection of live performances and Snider’s signature disquisitions, with songs from throughout Snider’s career.

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The album, which releases Sept. 23, may be pre-ordered via Snider’s website. Or, if you can’t wait, you can check out the album’s first track right now: It is, amusingly enough, “Big Finish,” originally released on 2012 album Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables.

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Listen to “Big Finish”

Pre-order Live: Return of the Storyteller

Snider performs at Ryman Auditorium at 8 p.m. Sept. 24, with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Tickets are $34.50-$54.50, available via

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