Todd Snider Covers Grateful Dead’s ‘Franklin’s Tower’

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Troubadour Todd Snider shared a cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Franklin’s Tower” recorded at The Purple Building in East Nashville this past Sunday. Snider presents his What It Is livestream from The Purple Building every Sunday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.

The Grateful Dead originally released “Franklin’s Tower” on their Blues For Allah studio album in 1975, the same year the band debuted the song live. Snider’s acoustic version of “Franklin’s” incorporates harmonica as he stripped the tune down to its bare bones to end this past Sunday’s livestream.

“I really want to thank Bob Weir and the cast over there at Sweetwater for taking care of us so many times,” Snider said as he brought the cover to a close. Todd has performed at Weir’s Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California a number of times over the years including a a 2015 visit in which he played “Fire On The Mountain.”

Watch Todd Snider’s cover of “Franklin’s Tower” below:

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