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21 Feb

A Blip of a Music Review: “Live: The Storyteller” by Todd Snider

Alternate Title:  “Nouveau Prine”

Pros: Double CD where the focus is both on the songs and on Snider’s stories/comments, prime performances solo and with a solid backing band, nice sound, and a very appreciative audience who are prepared for the great music and the “18 minutes.”

Cons: While there are many good song choices and fan faves, some of the big ones like “Beer Run” are missing as well as some of his quiet and sweet pieces (which may have been lost on the large Bonnaroo crowd anyway), and although the music is terrific, the title is “Storyteller” and a couple of more yarns would have balanced out the disc a bit more.

Verdict: I have loved Todd Snider since his first disc in 1994, where he was more rocky than the hippy-ish folkster he is now. But the progression from that debut through to “Storyteller” has been gradual and he has really developed into more than just a folk singer with some good songs. He has allowed himself to be who he wants to be and has applied that to his craft both in the studio and in live concerts. Due to this and the potential to tell “stories between songs that may last up to 18 minutes,” he has slowly been gathering a very loyal following that resembles some of his forerunners like John Prine. And it is well deserved. His stories are quirky and funny and lead directly to and from songs that were inspired by these tales. “Storyteller” captures all of this quite well and even better than his last live disc “Near Truths and Hotel Rooms.” It is almost like folk performance art with a healthy dose of hippy wisdom, mushrooms, and a clever wink.

Hear This:  “Sunshine,” “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance,” any of the story tracks

Skip This: You can’t really skip anything here – it is all essential to the performance.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Blips  •••

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