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Widespread Panic: April 21, 2017 Wanee Festival (Live Oak, FL)

May 4, 2017

Perennial Southern-rock favorites Widespread Panic have always been better than they had to be. If you go to many festivals that involve like-minded bands, you could be forgiven for getting one bluesy-sounding rock band confused with another. After the deluge of classic rock covers that comes your way, few of these groups really distinguish themselves, but they all get the applause.

Widespread has long been a different animal. Sure, the underlying vein of bluesy-rockness is there, as are some choice covers. But Widespread isn’t just playing the familiar — especially on their best nights, it’s their transcendent playing of both the familiar and their originals that makes them so special. If the Allman Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” or Talking Heads’ “Heaven” is one you’ve heard before, fine, but it’s hard to argue with the Widespread treatment of it, particularly the former. Here at Wanee Festival, Widespread were probably the main draw for a significant portion of the crowd, and they acted like they knew that, playing a finely-honed two-hour set that headed deep into the jam zone during an epic sequence of “The Last Straw”>”Mountain Jam”>”Impossible”>”Big Wooly Mammoth”>”Christmas Katie” and finally “One Kind Favor.” If there’s any upside to the reduced touring of Widespread Panic these days, it’s the fact that it makes each individual show a bit more special.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in a centered “forward of the board” position. If not quite as good sounding as the Trey Anastasio and Bob Weir sets, the sound quality is nonetheless excellent. Enjoy!

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Widespread Panic
April 21, 2017
Wanee Music Festival
Peach Stage
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (FOB, DFC)>KC5>PFA>Zoom F8>24/44.1kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CC>Isotope Ozone 5>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, track, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Ain’t Life Grand
02 Love Tractor
03 Cease Fire >
04 Heaven [Talking Heads]
05 Little Kin >
06 Junior
07 Party At Your Mama’s House >
08 Stop Breakin’ Down Blues
09 Tall Boy
10 The Last Straw >
11 Mountain Jam* >
12 Impossible >
13 Big Wooly Mammoth > Jam >
14 Christmas Katie >
15 One Kind Favor >
16 Saint Ex
17 Imitation Leather Shoes
[encore break removed]
18 Blackout Blues
19 End Of The Show

* with Marcus King on guitar

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Widespread Panic: June 7, 2013 Mountain Jam IX (Hunter, NY) – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

June 12, 2013

[Photos courtesy of Dino Perrucci Photography]

A really great ensemble live performance unfolds like a conversation. When performers have been together as long, and achieved as much of a cult following, as Widespread Panic, fans aren’t going to be content with just great musicianship or catchy riffs. They want a set that builds a narrative through the interaction of the players, that crests and ebbs and morphs in stages. Something that takes you on a trip.

This was a wet, wet Friday night at Mountain Jam, the deluge so intense you wondered at points if you’d ever be dry again. Water flowed over everything and the mountain got turned into straight mud. But through that rain, Widespread gave a set filled with uplift, darkness, rapid-fire riffs and carefully woven jams. It was three hours of music that was thoughtfully constructed and flawlessly delivered, the perfect soundtrack to a communal night with nature and each other.

As is often the case, the highlight of the night’s set was set two, which went heavier on the psychedelic material. Kicking off with “Little Kin” things just kept stretching out as the band played a stunning “Pigeons” followed by “Disco” into “You Should Be Glad”, the perfect rejoinder to anyone who dared bitch about the rain. Saxophonist Bill Evans (whose own set was posted here yesterday) joined up for a 16-minute “Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys”, and Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis joined Evans and the band for a sick medley of “Surprise Valley”.

If you were at this show, you were soaked and probably cold. But you were also on a mountainside, with Panic to guide your night, with good feeling all around you. And that is the essence of Mountain Jam, or any of these music festivals, really — to let the music take you on a journey with your fellow fans, one that you’re better for having been on. This one was unforgettable, and in my opinion the best performance of the festival.

I recorded this set with AKG C 414 large-diaphragm microphones in the cardiod setting (and a very good umbrella!) from the taper’s section. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Widespread Panic
Mountain Jam IX
Hunter, NY

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

AKG C 414 B-XLS (cardiod)>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, imaging, exciter)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 2:53:19]

01 Give
02 Ribs & Whiskey
03 Happy
04 Blue Indian
05 Good People>
06 Me and the Devil Blues
07 One Arm Steve >
08 Jack
09 Proving Ground >
10 Junior —

11 [tuning]
12 Little Kin>
13 Pigeons
14 Disco>
15 You Should Be Glad —
16 Low Spark of High Heeled Boys*
17 Surprise Valley> **
18 Drums>
19 Papa Legba >
20 Surprise Valley
21 Protein Drink>
22 Sewing Machine
23 [encore break]

24 Expiration Day
25 Travelin’ Light

* w/ Bill Evans (sax) and Danny Louis (keys)
** w/ Bill Evans (sax)
— Disc break if you are making CDs

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