Todd Snider's "What the Folk" Fest at the Levitt Shell 

Memphis-launched, Nashville-based singer-songwriter promised last summer to make his "What the Folk" Fest an annual Levitt Shell event, and he makes good this week with a return to the Midtown site. As sharp and funny a songwriter as exists in contemporary music and a peerless musical storyteller, Snider released his most recent album, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables, in 2012. It's one of his best, in the company of earlier classics such as East Nashville Skyline and The Devil You Know. Snider will headline the festival at 9 p.m., but he has three friends preceding him on the bill: roots singer and fiddle ace Amanda Shires (who plays on Agnostic Hymns) at 6 p.m.; Memphis favorite and frequent Snider duet partner Amy LaVere at 6:45 p.m.; and singer/mandolinist Jeff Austin, of roots/jam stalwarts Yonder Mountain String Band, at 7:45 p.m.

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