Another volume of the gospel according to Todd Snider is heading for shelves, streaming services, and streetcorners on September 23rd with Live: Return of the Storyteller. The 27-track collection of songs, stories, and stoner fables documents some of the singer-songwriter’s first live shows in 2021 following the COVID lockdowns. Return of the Storyteller also serves as a sequel to the Bastard from Beaverton’s acclaimed 2011 live document, The Storyteller.

Recorded between August and December 2021 at venues across the country, Return of the Storyteller spans the breadth of Snider’s entire career. From his 1994 debut Songs From the Daily Planet through last year’s First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder, Snider delivers a crash course in his patented brand of road wisdom. Along the way, he pays tribute to his lost friends and mentors including John PrineCol. Bruce HamptonNeal CasalJerry Jeff Walker, and more as well as touches on his time with jam band Hard Working Americans.

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The 16 songs only make up part of the album, after all, it is called Return of the Storyteller. Between tracks, Snider recounts his decades spent on the road, picking up whatever lessons the highways had to teach him along with way. Tales as fantastic as haunted ghost children of California and raising hell with the inventor of Crocs are balanced out with the simple realities of a working songwriter, and what happens while you’re “Working On A Song”.

Snider said of the album,

this album is dedicated to all the people
who come to these shows
whether this last tour was the first one you caught
you’ve been coming since 94,
or you joined the family somewhere in between
you have my undying gratitude
traveling and singing has been the great joy of my life
and it’s not lost on me who makes it possible
thank you.

Along with Friday’s announcement, Snider shared a live cut of “Just Like Old Times”. Also found on 2011’s The Storyteller, this take on the fan-favorite finds Snider a little older and hopefully a little wiser. Though he can’t hit those high notes he could a decade ago, his strained voice rings with the wisdom of experience. The song also gained an added relevance in 2020, as it was used as the basis for the feature film, Hard Luck Love Song.

Watch the tour diary-style music video for the live version of “Just Like Old Times” found on the upcoming Todd Snider live album, Return of the Storyteller, available here for pre-order. Pre-order the album for a chance to win a guitar pick and harmonica Snider used on his 2021 tour. Snider also recently added new dates to his American Troubadour Tour, including shows with Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Todd will celebrate the release of Return of the Storyteller with a show at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 24th, joined by Ramblin Jack.

Todd Snider – “Just Like Old Times” (Live)

Live: Return of the Storyteller Tracklist

01. Big Finish

02. [Col. Bruce Hampton Ret.]

03. Turn Me Loose

04. [East Nashville]

05. Play A Train Song

06. [Old Man Shakes Fist At Sky]

07. Too Soon To Tell

08. Like A Force Of Nature

09. [John Prine]

10. Handsome John

11. [Hard Luck Love Song]

12. Just Like Old Times

13. [Speakneck Speedball]

14. Roman Candles

15. The Very Last Time

16. Sail On, My Friend

17. [Being Outdoors]

18. Ballad Of The Devil’s Backbone Tavern

19. Alright Guy

20. [Free Bird]

21. [Sock Water]

22. Just Like Overnight

23. [Alan Greenspan]

24. In Between Jobs

25. [Where Will I Go]

26. Working On A Song

27. Opening Statement

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American Troubadour Tour 

August 20 – Robert Earl Keen’s Texas Uprising – Houston, TX!

August 25 – Grande Theatre – Frankfort, KY

September 7 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA*

September 9 – Infinity Hall Norfolk – Norfolk, CT*

September 10 – Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA*

September 11 – Infinity Hall Hartford – Hartford, CT*

September 13 – Swyer Theatre at The Egg – Albany, NY*

September 15 – StageOne – Fairfield, CT*

September 16 – The Center for Arts in Natick – Natick, MA*

September 17 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA*

September 18 – The Queen – Wilmington, DE*

September 24 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN&

September 29 – Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO+%

October 1 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT+

October 2 – The ELM – Bozeman, MT+

October 3 – Egyptian Theatre – Boise, ID@

October 4 – Tower Theatre – Bend, OR@

October 6 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR@

October 7 – Soreng Theater at Hult Center – Eugene, OR@

October 8 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA@

October 9 – The Bing Crosby Theater – Spokane, WA@

October 12 – Arcata Theater Lounge – Arcata, CA@

October 13 – Raven Theatre – Healdsburg, CA@

October 14 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA@

October 16 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA@

October 18 – The Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA@

October 19 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA@

October 21 – Paradise Performing Arts Center – Paradise, CA~

October 22 – Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort – South Lake Tahoe, NV~

October 24 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT~

October 25 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT~

October 26 – Washington’s – Fort Collins, CO

October 28 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO

October 29 – Scottish Rite Hall – Omaha, NE

October 30 – Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA

October 31 – Jamf Theatre – Eau Claire, WI

November 2 – The Englert Theatre – Iowa City, IA

November 3 – Park West – Chicago, IL

November 4 – Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI

November 5 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

November 9 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC

November 10 – Stuart’s Opera House – Nelsonville, Ohio

November 11 – Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

November 12 – Holland Theatre – Bellefontaine, OH

November 16 – Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN

November 17 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

November 18 – Egyptian Room, Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

November 19 – Sheldon Concert Hall – St. Louis, MO


! with Robert Earl Keen

* with Lilly Winwood

& with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

+ with Nicki Bluhm

% with Lilly Hiatt

@ with Ryan Montbleau

~ with Ray Wylie Hubbard

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