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Widespread Panic

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
1985 in Athens, GA

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'80s, '90s, '00s, '10s






Widespread Panic

Biography

One of the many neo-hippie jam bands inheriting the road-warrior mantle left behind by the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic established a devout grassroots following on the strength of constant touring and a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock informed by jazz and blues textures. The group's origins date to 1982, when vocalist John Bell and guitarist Mike Houser first began playing together while attending college in Athens, Georgia. When bassist Dave Schools left academia to join the duo the next year, Widespread Panic were officially born. The band recorded its debut single, "Coconut Image," in 1986; drummer Todd Nance joined soon after, followed by the addition of percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz and finally keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann.. One of the many neo-hippie jam bands inheriting the road-warrior mantle left behind by the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic established a devout grassroots following on the strength of constant touring and a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock informed by jazz and blues textures. The group's origins date to 1982, when vocalist John Bell and guitarist Mike Houser first began playing together while attending college in Athens, Georgia. When bassist Dave Schools left academia to join the duo the next year, Widespread Panic were officially born. The band recorded its debut single, "Coconut Image," in 1986; drummer Todd Nance joined soon after, followed by the addition of percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz and finally keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann.

Widespread Panic released their energetic debut LP, Space Wrangler, in 1988 on the tiny Landslide label. After several years of relentless touring, they signed to major label Capricorn, which issued the group's eponymously titled sophomore effort in 1991. Appearances on the 1992 and 1993 H.O.R.D.E. tours greatly expanded their fan base prior to 1993's Everyday, while 1994's Ain't Life Grand spawned the AOR hits "Airplane" and "Can't Get High." After teaming with fellow Georgian Vic Chesnutt to record 1995's Nine High a Pallet under the name Brute, Widespread Panic reconvened for the album Bombs and Butterflies, released in 1997. In the spring of 1998, the band released Light Fuse, Get Away, and 'Til the Medicine Takes followed a year later. Another Joyous Occasion (2000) and Don't Tell the Band (2001) marked the band's first albums of the new millennium. In June 2002, Widespread Panic returned to the road for their annual summer tour of the States, but within a month, founding member and lead guitarist Michael Houser had to bow out. Houser was battling cancer and returned home to Athens, Georgia, to rest while guitarist George McConnell stepped in to finish the tour. On August 10, 2002, Houser succumbed to complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 40.

Houser's wish was that the band would carry on after his passing, and with McConnell becoming a permanent replacement, Widespread Panic did just that. Their next full-length album, Ball, was released in April of 2003. Night of Joy and Über Cobra, both of which appeared in late March 2004, featured live selections from two of the band's shows at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while they toured in support of Ball. These marked Widespread Panic's second and third live efforts, follow-ups up to 2000's Another Joyous Occasion. They returned to the studio later that year for the Halloween-themed covers record Jackassolantern, and again in 2006 for Earth to America. Free Somehow, the band's tenth studio album (and first with newcomer guitarist Jimmy Herring), followed in early 2008, with Dirty Side Down appearing in 2010; it was followed by the in-concert set Live in the Classic City II in the fall. In 2012 the band released Wood, a double live collection culled from the group's first ever all-acoustic tour.

Top Albums

Live from the Backyard in Austin Tx, Widespread Panic
1. Live from th..
Dirty Side Down, Widespread Panic
2. Dirty Side D..
Free Somehow, Widespread Panic
3. Free Somehow
Til the Medicine Takes, Widespread Panic
4. Til the Medi..
Widespread Panic - 12/31/2009 Atlanta, GA (Live), Widespread Panic
5. Widespread P..
Space Wrangler, Widespread Panic
6. Space Wrangl..
Carbondale 2000 (Live), Widespread Panic
7. Carbondale 2..
Ain't Life Grand, Widespread Panic
8. Ain't Life G..
Live from Bonnaroo 2008: Widespread Panic, Widespread Panic
9. Live from Bo..
Live Widespread Panic - 04/27/07 Orange Beach, AL, Widespread Panic
10. Live Widespr..
Huntsville 1996, Widespread Panic
11. Huntsville 1..
Live at Red Rocks 6/26/2011, Widespread Panic
12. Live at Red ..
Widespread Panic, Widespread Panic
13. Widespread P..
Light Fuse Get Away (Live), Widespread Panic
14. Light Fuse G..
Valdosta 1989 (Live), Widespread Panic
15. Valdosta 198..
Everyday, Widespread Panic
16. Everyday
Live In Athens 2/10/2011, Widespread Panic
17. Live In Athe..
Montreal 1997, Widespread Panic
18. Montreal 199..
Wood (Live), Widespread Panic
19. Wood (Live)
Another Joyous Occasion (feat. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) [Live], Widespread Panic
20. Another Joyo..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Ain't Life GrandAin't Life Grand4:47$0.99
2.
CoconutSpace Wrangler5:03$0.99
3.
NorthDirty Side Down5:42$0.99
4.
Space WranglerSpace Wrangler6:48$0.99
5.
Up All NightFree Somehow3:46$0.99
6.
Bear's Gone Fishin'Til the Medicine Takes4:23$0.99
7.
I WishNight of Joy6:56$0.99
8.
Old NeighborhoodNight of Joy6:20$0.99
9.
Bayou LenaNight of Joy6:41$0.99
10.
Use MeNight of Joy8:27$0.99
11.
Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)Night of Joy7:50$0.99
12.
Imitation Leather Shoes (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..4:28$0.99
13.
Sometimes (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..4:10$0.99
14.
Doreatha (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..5:27$0.99
15.
Trouble (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..2:52$0.99
16.
Little Lily (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..7:25$0.99
17.
Tall Boy (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..6:48$0.99
18.
Down (Live)Live from the Backyard in A..4:09$0.99
19.
This Cruel ThingDirty Side Down4:30$1.29
20.
Saint ExDirty Side Down6:47$1.29
21.
End Of (Live From The Classic Center..Live In the Classic City II6:48$1.29
22.
Success Yourself (Live From The Clas..Live In the Classic City II5:37$1.29
23.
Disco (Live From The Classic Center,..Live In the Classic City II4:42$1.29
24.
Radio Child (Live From The Classic C..Live In the Classic City II5:32$1.29
25.
This Part of Town (Live From The Cla..Live In the Classic City II5:17$1.29

Top Music Videos

Climb to Safety (Live from Aragon Ballroom 10/31/11), Widespread Panic
1. Climb to Safe...
Iron Man (Live from the Aragon Ballroom 10/31/11), Widespread Panic
2. Iron Man (Liv...
Blight (Live at Aragon Ballroom 10/31/11), Widespread Panic
3. Blight (Live ...
Degenerate (Live from the Aragon Ballroom 10/31/11), Widespread Panic
4. Degenerate (L...


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