todd snider

The Tower Theatre hosts Todd Snider Monday.

Todd Snider is a master songwriter, a world-class storyteller, an engaging performer and one of the funniest musicians you’ll ever see in concert.

That’s really all you need to know. Born in Oregon but long associated with Nashville’s fertile singer-songwriter scene, Snider is a can’t-miss for anyone who appreciates the art of songcraft. His newest album is called “First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder,” but if you listen to that one and don’t love it, check out his 2004 record “East Nashville Skyline,” which spills over with perfect folk songs built from acoustic guitars, a bunch of laughs and just as many gut-punches.

That’s enough gushing about Snider. It’s worth noting that his opener in Bend is another excellent songwriter named Tim Easton, who has been pumping out his own fine folk-rock since the ‘90s, too. If you need an introduction, check out the albums “Special 20” and “The Truth About Us.” They’re both terrific.

Todd Snider, with Tim Easton: $36-$47; 8 p.m. Monday; Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend; or 541-317-0700.

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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