Former Memphian and current East Nashville resident Todd Snider — who plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night — is one you probably know. After rising out of Memphis as a comical folkie troubadour nearly two decades ago, Snider hit his stride with 2004's East Nashville Skyline and 2006's The Devil You Know. His concert at the Shell last year was packed, and I'd expect no different this time.
The Texas-bred Hayes Carll, who plays tonight at 7 p.m., you may not be as familiar with. Mixing Snider's sly sense of humor with a harder Texas country sound reminiscent of early Steve Earle, Carll came into his own with 2008's Trouble in Mind, a major-label debut that stands as one of the past decade's best alt-country/roots-rock records.
Here's a clip of Carll performing his irreverent "She Left Me For Jesus":
Both shows are free. For more information, see LevittShell.org.