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Todd Snider

The Storyteller

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February 1, 2011

Todd Snider decided to quit his high school football team during his first mushroom trip; years later, he got conned by someone impersonating a NASCAR driver and found himself fronting a country cover band after a drunk woman knocked the original singer on his ass. It's all there on The Storyteller, the populist folkie's career-spanning concert LP. Unlike Snider's last live album, this one features a full band that powers a beer-raising cover of Rusty Wier's "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance?" But Snider's hilarious banter and self-deprecating stories are the focus: See "Greencastle Blues," about a shameful drug-possession arrest where Snider laughs to keep from crying.

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