Todd Snider Covers Grateful Dead’s ‘Brokedown Palace’
This past Sunday, singer-songwriter Todd Snider ended his latest livestream concert with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Brokedown Palace.” Snider shared video of the performance after previously releasing his version of the Grateful Dead's “Franklin's Tower.”
Todd Snider plays live from The Purple Building in East Nashville each Sunday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT for his “The Get Together” livestream series. Each installment of the series, which was formerly known as “What It Is,” can be viewed on the JamBase Livestreams Calendar via YouTube and Twitch.
“Brokedown Palace” fit nicely as the closer since the Dead usually performed the tune to end concerts. Robert Hunter wrote the words to the song on the same 1970 afternoon in London in which he penned “To Lay Me Down” and “Ripple.” Co-author Jerry Garcia led the Grateful Dead through the live debut of “Brokedown Palace” on August 18, 1970 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. The band played the ballad over 200 additional times through 1995.
See Todd Snider close out “The Get Together” on January 24 with “Brokedown Palace”: