Todd Snider Guests With Widespread Panic At The Ryman


Widespread Panic brought out singer-songwriter Todd Snider on Sunday during the final set of a three-night acoustic run at the famed The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Snider contributed to three songs, including a pair of cover debuts and a WSP original penned by the late Michael Houser in honor of his son. The concert also featured a new original and a handful of bust outs that kept the trend of rarities that started on Friday and Saturday going.

The concert began with the first “Let’s Get The Show On The Road” since last summer’s Red Rocks run. After a string of “Hope In A Hopeless World,” “This Part Of Town” and “Lawyers Guns & Money,” guitarist/vocalist John Bell led the band through the debut of “Life As A Tree.” JB initially performed the tune at a talent show held just over a year ago in North Carolina. A run of staples closed out the set including “Pilgrims,” “Nobody’s Loss” and “Climb To Safety.”


Widespread Panic kicked off the closing stanza with Vic Chesnutt’s “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” and then dusted off a cover of Los Lobos’ “Somewhere In Time” for the second time ever and first since February 19, 2012 – a span of 394 shows. Next, the sextet worked “Genesis” within “Surprise Valley” and then performed “Many Rivers To Cross” by Jimmy Cliff after 97 shows on the shelf. Then, Todd Snider emerged to share the stage with Widespread Panic for the first time since July 3, 1998.

Todd Snider and Widespread Panic unveiled a rendition of Guy Clark’s “Desperados Waiting For A Train” to start the collaboration. Then, Snider and WSP debuted a take on Kris Kristofferson’s “Jesus Was A Capricorn.” Finally, Todd Snider and John Bell traded verses on “The Waker,” the tribute to Mikey’s son that Panic busted out this past New Year’s Eve for the first time since Houser’s death. Snider had previously shared a cover of “The Waker” on Facebook in honor of Houser. Panic went at it alone to close out the run with a triple encore of “C. Brown,” “Blight” and “End Of The Show.”

Fan-Shot Videos

The Waker Captured by karmacare1

Jesus Was A Capricorn Captured by Tennessee Ed

Blight Captured by karmacare1

C. Brown Captured by karmacare1

Setlist (via PanicStream)

Set One: Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Hope In A Hopeless World, This Part of Town, Lawyers Guns & Money, Life As A Tree, Pilgrims, Trouble, Steven’s Cat, Nobody’s Loss, Climb To Safety

Set Two: Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, Somewhere In Time, Surprise Valley > Genesis > Surprise Valley, Many Rivers To Cross, Desperados Waiting For A Train*, Jesus Was A Capricorn*, The Waker*

Encore: C. Brown, Blight, End of the Show (18 mins)

  • * w/ Todd Snider on guitar and vocals
  • – ‘Let’s Get The Show On The Road’ LTP 6/24/18 Red Rocks (48 shows)
  • – ‘Somewhere In Time’ LTP 2/19/12 Aspen (394 shows); 2nd time played; Los Lobos tune
  • – ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ LTP 12/29/16 Nashville (97 shows)
  • – ‘Desperados Waiting For A Train’ First Time Played (Guy Clark original)
  • – ‘Jesus Was A Capricorn’ First Time Played (Kris Kristofferson original)
  • – ‘Life As A Tree’ believed to be a new original JB debuted during a talent show at his local country club August ’18 (watch video); Tonight is the first time played with Panic
  • – Entire show with Edie Jackson, ASL interpreter