Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. The current lineup includes guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Duane Trucks, percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz, keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann, and guitarist Jimmy Herring. The band's original drummer, Todd Nance, left in 2016.[1]

The band was formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1986, and is influenced by the Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres. They have been compared to other jam bands such as the Grateful Dead and Phish.[2] Widely renowned for their live performances, as of 2018, they hold the record for number of sold-out performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, Colorado) at 57 and Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia) at 20.

Widespread Panic
Widespread Panic Red Rocks Amphitheatre 6-24-2010
Widespread Panic performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 2010
Background information
OriginAthens, Georgia, USA
GenresSouthern rock, blues rock, jazz fusion, jam rock, neo-psychedelia
Years active1986–present
LabelsWidespread Records, ATO, Capricorn, Sanctuary, Landslide Records, Vanguard
WebsiteWidespreadpanic.com
Members
Past members

Band history

1981–1995: Early years and rise to national attention

John Bell and Michael Houser met in 1981 in their dorm at the University of Georgia. Bell had been playing guitar as a solo act, and invited his new friend Houser, also a guitarist, to join him.[3] They began living together and collaborating on music in that year, writing still-popular songs such as "Driving Song" and "Chilly Water" together.[4] Bassist Dave Schools met Bell and Houser in 1984 and first played with them on February 24, 1985, at the A-Frame house on Weymanda Court in Athens.[5] On February 6, 1986, Houser called childhood friend and drummer Todd Nance to sit in with Houser, Bell, and Schools for a charity event in Athens; it was their first show as "Widespread Panic."[4] The band was named for Houser's once-frequent panic attacks.[6] Texan percussionist Domingo S. Ortiz ("Sunny") began sitting in with the band regularly later that year.[7][8]

The band played in fraternities and bars regularly before Panic signed a contract with Landslide Records in 1987. In February 1987 the band played the now-legendary series of one dollar Monday night shows at the Uptown Lounge in Athens and the crucial local press began to take notice—FLAGPOLE & Athens Observer art columnist Shan Clark emphasized Widespread Panic's musical virtuosity, songwriting and professionalism. In September of the same year, they recorded their first album, Space Wrangler, at John Keane's studio in Athens. Col. Bruce Hampton is rumored to have delivered the first pressing to the band.[4] Songs on the album included "Chilly Water," "Travelin' Light," "Space Wrangler," "Coconut," "The Take Out," "Porch Song," "Stop-Go" and "Driving Song."[9] After Space Wrangler, touring expanded to include additional northeastern dates, along with Texas, Colorado, the west coast, and internationally to Vancouver, Canada. It was also around this time (late 1988 or early 1989) that Domingo Ortiz joined the band full-time.[8] They played their first show in Colorado in March 1990, opening for Jerry Joseph's band Little Women.[4]

Widespread Panic signed with Capricorn Records in January 1991. Later that year, they released their major label debut, Widespread Panic (a.k.a. Mom's Kitchen).[10] That same year Billy Bob Thornton directed the movie Widespread Panic: Live from the Georgia Theatre which was recorded over two nights in Athens, Georgia.[11]

As the band began to tour more, John Hermann ("JoJo") joined the band as a keyboardist in March 1992 replacing Dixie Dregs keyboardist T. Lavitz who joined the band a year earlier.[2] The band continued to tour throughout the entire US in 1992 joining the famous H.O.R.D.E. tour with Blues Traveler, Phish, and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, among others.[12] They released "Everyday" in March 1993 and "Ain't Life Grand" in September 1994.[10] Panic marked their rise by playing on network television for the first time in November 1994.[4]

1996–2002: Peak touring years and Houser's death

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Aerial view of crowd at Light Fuse, Get Away CD release party

On April 18, 1998, to celebrate the release of their first live album, Light Fuse, Get Away, Widespread Panic offered a free "CD release party" concert in Athens Georgia. An estimated 80,000–100,000 fans descended on the town, transforming it into one of the largest CD release parties in history.

In 2002, the band received gold certification for their concert DVD Live at Oak Mountain. They also headlined two nights of the first annual Bonnaroo Music Festival which drew a crowd upwards of 70,000 people.[13]

In early 2002, guitarist Michael Houser was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Houser continued to perform with the band into the middle of that year, but following a performance on July 2, 2002 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa he left the tour because of his declining health. Guitarist George McConnell, a former bandmate of JoJo Hermann's in Beanland, took over as lead guitarist for the remainder of the band's scheduled dates. Michael Houser died on August 10, 2002.[14]

2003–2006: George McConnell joins

In 2003, the band released Ball, the first studio album with McConnell as the guitarist. The album was unique among the band's offerings in that none of the songs included had been performed live by the band prior to the recording. All of the material included was written specifically for the album with the exception of "Time Waits," a song which John Bell had performed in solo appearances, and "Don't Wanna Lose You," a song John Hermann had performed with his side-project Smiling Assassins. Late in 2003, the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus from both recording and performing in 2004. However, 2004 did see the release of three live albums, engineered by Billy Field: Night of Joy and Über Cobra—both of which were recorded during a November 2003 three-night run of shows at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC—as well as Jackassolantern, a compilation of cover songs performed during the band's Halloween shows over the years. A third release from the Myrtle Beach shows, Live at Myrtle Beach was released in early 2005.

In January 2006, the band recorded their 9th studio album, Earth to America, in Nassau, Bahamas at Compass Point Studios, with Terry Manning producing. It was released June 13, 2006. Their May 9 show at Atlanta's Fox Theatre was simulcast in LIVE HD, via satellite, in select movie theatres nationwide.[15] Over 60,000 fans across the country watched it live in the theatres. This show was also released in DVD format on November 14, 2006, entitled 'Earth to Atlanta'.[16]

On August 2, 2006, nearing the end of the summer tour, the band announced that George McConnell had left the band, making July 30, 2006 at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, MO his last show.[17] Producer John Keane and former guitar technician Sam Holt filled in on guitar for the remaining two weeks of the tour.

2006–2014: Jimmy Herring joins

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Widespread Panic performs their 32nd consecutive sold out show at Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Members of the Allman Brothers join Widespread Panic on stage in Canandaigua, NY. August 22, 2009

In late 2006, Fayetteville, NC native Jimmy Herring took over the reins of the lead guitarist in the band, kicking off their fall tour with three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.[18]

Panic's 7th annual New Year's shows on December 30 and 31, 2007, marked their 15th and 16th sellout performance at Philips Arena.[19]

The band released their 10th album, Free Somehow, on February 12, 2008. It, too, was recorded with producer Terry Manning at Compass Point Studios.[20]

Following the release of the new studio album, Widespread Panic began to release vintage concert performances from the Widespread Panic Archives. Carbondale 2000 was released on June 10, 2008, followed by Valdosta 1989 released on February 24, 2009, and Huntsville 1996 released on June 23, 2009. The band will continue to dig into their show archives, which encompasses the past 25 years, and release these shows as multi-track recordings.[21]

June 27, 2008, marked the band's 32nd sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheater. This was more than any other band in the venue's history. Mayor John Hickenlooper proclaimed Friday, June 27 "Widespread Panic Day" in the City and County of Denver.[22] The same year, Widespread Panic was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 20.[23]

The band continued to tour throughout the rest of 2008 and the spring of 2009. In the summer of 2009, Widespread Panic teamed up with fellow southern rockers, The Allman Brothers to do a summer and fall co-headlining tour.[24]

In March 2010, it was announced that Widespread Panic would be releasing a new album entitled Dirty Side Down on May 25, 2010.[25] 2010 would also see the release of Live in the Classic City II, containing music from its 2000 shows.[26]

On September 29, 2010, Widespread keyboardist Jojo Herman announced that the band would be going on hiatus in 2012. In an interview with the Vanderbilt Hustler, Herman explained, "Next year will be our 25th anniversary. After that, we're probably going to call it (quits) for awhile. So we're looking forward to next year and going out on a high note."[27]

The band went on to tour steadily throughout 2011, ending the year with their first show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. In early 2012, the band played a limited number of shows. From January to February the band embarked on their first ever tour billed as completely acoustic. Dubbed the Wood Tour, it started in January at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD and ended at The Belly Up in Aspen, CO. Two recordings from the Wood Tour were released in 2012, a special Record Store Day-only vinyl record entitled Live Wood in April and later Wood, on October 16.

The rest of 2012 saw the band on hiatus but band members were active with other projects. Dave Schools toured with the Mickey Hart Band, Jimmy Herring recorded a new album and toured with his own band, and Jojo Hermann played shows with the Missing Cats, occasionally opening and sitting in with the North Mississippi Allstars. On August 17, the band announced their first scheduled shows after hiatus, including two nights in Charlotte, NC and a 4 night run in the Dominican Republic.

Between the two short legs that made up the 2012 Wood Tour, the band played a four night run in Mexico, marking their first shows in the country, and beginning what would become an annual tradition called Panic en la Playa. The first Panic En La Playa was held on the beach at the Now Sapphire Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico in 2012. For 2013 and 2014, The concert was held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with the 2014 shows pushed back until March 17–20.

The band returned to regular touring in the spring of 2013 with a run of Mid-West and Southern shows beginning in April. During these shows, the band introduced new innovations in the audio broadcast of their live performance. Previously, Panic had allowed tapers to use audience recording devices to simulcast live shows to fans via the internet. The first live taper stream was at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, AZ on 11/04/2009 by Coloartist and was continued by all the WP tapers through the Spring 2013 tour when the band took over streaming duties and started broadcasting live soundboard recordings of the show via Mixlr.com and the Mixlr smartphone app.[28] On December 31, 2013 the band returned to Philips Arena in Atlanta.

2014 saw a return of Wood Tour, with the band playing six all acoustic theater shows, as well as a special Wood performance held 333 feet underground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinville, TN for a taping of an episode of PBS' Bluegrass Underground. The band played an extensive 2014 tour, with three-night stands at Red Rocks, The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO.[29]

The band closed out 2014 with two shows in Charlotte, NC: the annual Tunes for Tots benefit performance at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on 12/30, followed by their annual New Year's Eve show, held this particular year at the TWC Arena in Charlotte, NC.

2014–present: Todd Nance departure and reduced touring

On October 2, 2014, the band announced that Duane Trucks would join the band for 2014 fall tour. Trucks temporarily filled in for Todd Nance, who was taking time to attend to personal matters. Nance reunited with the band for four shows in Mexico in early February 2016. However, on February 9, 2016, the band announced that Todd Nance was leaving the band and that, "Duane [Trucks] will be the drummer for Widespread Panic moving forward." [30] Trucks is the current drummer for Hard Working Americans.

On September 25, 2015, Street Dogs, their 13th studio album, was released through Vanguard Records. Street Dogs was recorded by John Keane at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville, NC.[10] The album is composed of seven originals and three covers: Alan Price's "Sell Sell", Murray McLauchlan's "Honky Red" and "Tail Dragger", a Willie Dixon tune popularized by Howlin' Wolf.

In April 2016, keyboardist John Hermann announced that the band will stop touring extensively at the end of the year. However, he said that the band is not breaking up and will continue to make festival appearances and perform shows at select venues such as Red Rocks.[31]

Live shows

Setlists

Known for never playing the same show twice, the band has a show-to-show ritual of choosing the night's setlist. At the beginning of each tour, a member of the band's road crew makes a master list of all the songs the band performs and laminates it. Each night before the show he marks the last 3 nights' set lists in different colors. The band can see what has been played recently and then decide what songs to play during the first set. They return to the list during setbreak to pick songs for the second set, and likewise, return after the second set for any additional sets if playing more than two, or the encore. This process is explained by the late Garrie Vereen in the DVD The Earth Will Swallow You.

Tapers

Widespread Panic has the policy of allowing any of their fans to tape, trade, and to a limited extent freely distribute their shows. However, anonymous distribution such as P2P and commercial distribution is not permitted.[32] Fans have been taping and trading shows since before they gained national prominence, allowing them to gain their strong national following.[33]

Incidents

A fan was detained by police while suffering the effects of LSD during a concert in Southaven, Mississippi. He was then restrained and taken to a local hospital emergency room where he later died. He was still in police custody at the time.[34] Toxicology report proved that an LSD overdose was in fact not the cause of death, but the side effects of the drug caused a serious behavioral reaction that required restraint to protect him and others.[35] On November 18, 2015 autopsy findings stated that 'hogtying' contributed to the death of the fan.[36]

Members

Current members

Former members

Side projects

Charity and benefit work

Year
Event
1995
1999
2003
  • Contributed a live June 2000 performance version of "Give" to Carved in Stone, Vol.1, an album benefiting the Preserve the Rocks Fund, a donation-driven reserve dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
2004
  • Recorded a cover of the NRBQ song "Ain't No Horse" for the CD The Q People – A Tribute to NRBQ.[39]
2005
  • Contributed covers of The Doors' medley "Peace Frog"/"Blue Sunday" to the album Too Many Years to benefit Clear Path International's work with landmine survivors.
  • Created the annual "Tunes For Tots" event. This concert event raises money to support public school music programs.[40]
2006
2007
  • Recorded a cover of John Lennon's "Crippled Inside" as a bonus track for the compilation album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.[42]
  • JB, Dave, and Jimmy began to donate several sets of strings to "Wear Your Music" from Relix magazine. Both Relix and Azu Studio have teamed up to produce unique jewelry handcrafted from authentic strings donated by various musicians. Profits from jewellery sales benefit selected charities.[43]
2008
  • The band participated in the Make It Right Foundation New Orleans and purchased a house for the rebuilding of the 9th Ward in New Orleans.[44] Widespread Panic fans joined in and created the "House That Widespread Panic Fans Built" – they continue to raise money to match the band's contribution and have a house funded by Panic fans.[45]
  • Performed a concert on November 19 to benefit the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York City.[46]
  • The band began holding food drives at select shows each tour benefiting local food banks. This was an effort to "pick up the torch" the fan-run organization Panic Fans For Food handed over.[47]

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External links

Ain't Life Grand (Widespread Panic album)

Ain't Life Grand is the fourth studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. The band held a CD release party at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta on August 28, 1994. It was first released to the public by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on September 6, 1994. It would later be re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. On July 3, 2014, the band announced that Ain't Life Grand would be reissued on Vinyl in August, 2014. The reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores.

The band got minor airplay for their cover of Bloodkin's "Can't Get High," as well as their own "Airplane." They also performed the song Ain't Life Grand at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA for Good Morning America.

The band began rehearsing for the album by recording pre-recording sessions at John Keane's home studio like their first album, Space Wrangler. They were so pleased with the results that they decided to use the sessions for Ain't Life Grand instead of going into the studio on a future date with their producer Johnny Sandlin.

The album reached a peak position of #84 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Ball (Widespread Panic album)

Ball is the eighth studio album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was released on April 15, 2003 and it was the band's first studio album with George McConnell on lead guitar. McConnell joined the band in 2002 after the death of founding member Michael Houser.

This process of recording the album departed from the band's usual methodology. Widespread Panic's previous studio albums had included mostly songs already familiar to the band's fans. Ball, however, included 12 never-before-heard songs written specifically for the album, along with one song, "Time Waits", previously performed only by singer/guitarist John Bell in solo appearances. It was also the first Widespread Panic album which did not feature at least one cover song.

The album reached a peak position of #61 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Dave Schools

David Allen Schools (born December 11, 1964) is a bass player and founding member of American rock band Widespread Panic. He is also a record producer, songwriter and journalist with articles published in a wide variety of music magazines. Schools lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife and two dogs; when not on tour he likes to garden.Schools is an innovator on the bass with a non-traditional approach that has given him a unique voice on the instrument. With his primary band, Widespread Panic, he plays a six-string Modulus Quantum 6 bass that affords him a wide range of sounds that are further enhanced by an envelope filter and octave pedal. Influenced by an early desire to play drums and childhood piano lessons, Schools has deviated from, though not abandoned, the established rhythm role of the bass and created a more melodic, improvisational style that has been referred to as “lead bass.”

Domingo Ortiz

Domingo Steven "Sunny" Ortiz (born July 4, 1952) is an American musician best known as the longtime percussionist for Widespread Panic.

Earth to America (album)

Earth to America is the ninth studio album by the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic. It was recorded in January 2006 with Terry Manning producing in Nassau, Bahamas at the Compass Point Studios. The album is being offered in three variations; a regular CD release, a digipak release, and a vinyl record release. The digipak release includes free song downloads through the band's concert album web page, Live Widespread Panic.com. The vinyl release includes two extra bonus tracks not found on the regular CD release.

Everyday (Widespread Panic album)

Everyday is the third studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on March 3, 1993. It would later be re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. On July 3, 2014 the band announced that Everyday would be reissued on Vinyl in August, 2014. The reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores.

Beginning on November 5, 1992, The band recorded the album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, AL. They were in the studio for roughly 5 weeks.

The album reached a peak position of #184 on the Billboard 200 chart and #10 on the Heatseekers chart.

The album was the group's first to feature bandmate, John Hermann.

Huntsville 1996

Huntsville 1996 is a live album by Athens, Georgia's Widespread Panic. The three disc set is the third release from the Widespread Panic archives. The performance was recorded live at Von Braun Civic Center Arena in Huntsville, Alabama on April 3, 1996. The multi-track recordings feature all original band members including late guitarist Michael Houser.

Jimmy Herring

Jimmy Herring (born January 22, 1962) is the lead guitarist for the band Widespread Panic. He is a founding member of Aquarium Rescue Unit and Jazz Is Dead and has played with The Allman Brothers Band, Project Z, Derek Trucks Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, and The Dead.

Johnson City 2001

Johnson City 2001 is a complete concert album by Widespread Panic. The three disc set is the fifth release from the Widespread Panic archives. The performance was recorded live at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee on November 20, 2001. The multi-track recording featured all original band members including the late guitarist, Michael Houser.

Live from Austin Texas (Widespread Panic album)

Live from Austin TX is a performance by Athens, Georgia's Widespread Panic that came from the Austin City Limits vaults. The DVD is part of the Austin City Limits concert series that features previously unreleased performances from the television show. The finished product is limited selection of eleven songs that have been re-mixed and remastered in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. The original performance was recorded on October 31, 2000.

Live in the Classic City

Live in the Classic City is the third live album released by Widespread Panic. The album was recorded over an April 2000 three-night run in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. It was released in June 2002 and features a mix of originals and cover songs, studded with guest performances from other star performers, including Derek Trucks, Bruce Hampton, and former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry.

The collection revealed the full range of musical styles heard at a Widespread Panic show, from tight hook-laden songs to extended improvisational jams, with seven tracks breaking the ten-minute mark.

The album reached a peak position of #99 on both the Billboard 200 chart and the Top Internet Albums chart.

This album is one of 10 "live jam releases of this century" according to the August issue of Guitar One magazine.

Michael Houser

Michael Houser (January 6, 1962 – August 10, 2002) was a founding member and lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic. He appeared on seven studio albums during his 16-year tenure with the band from 1986 till 2002. He is also featured on 4 live albums by Widespread Panic (2 released posthumously), as well as several archive releases, live video concerts and compilations.

Morrison, CO 2001

Morrison, CO 2001 is a series of three complete concerts by Widespread Panic. This performance was recorded live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on June 22–24, 2001. The two-track soundboard recording features all original band members including late guitarist Michael Houser.

This was the 14th installment in the Porch Songs series. The first two nights feature guests Cecil Daniels, and Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars. Cecil Daniels also guests on June 24. June 22 was the first and only time the band has played John Lee Hooker's blues classic Boogie Chillen'. June 23 was the live debut of the song Don't Tell The Band.

Oak Mountain 2001 - Night 1

Oak Mountain 2001 – Night 1 is a live album by Athens, Georgia's Widespread Panic. This album features a multi-track recording of a performance by the band at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, Alabama from 2001. The 3-disc set is the eighth multi-track release from the Widespread Panic Archives. The performance was recorded live on July 27, 2001. The album was released online and in local independent record stores on May 28, 2013 and is available on CD or as a digital download. The album features the six original members of the band: John Bell, John “JoJo” Hermann, Todd Nance, Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, Dave Schools, and the late guitarist Michael Houser.

From 1990 – 2002, Widespread Panic and their fans held an annual gathering at the amphitheatre. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre has set the Widespread Panic record for the most total consecutive years playing at the same venue at 13.

The Widespread Panic Archives are planning to re-master yet another 2001 performance from Oak Mountain Amphitheatre for its next multi-track release project. The live album, Oak Mountain 2001 – Night 2, was originally recorded on July 28, 2001. That album will be the second night of Widespread Panic's three-night run at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in 2001 to be released as a multi-track recording by the Widespread Panic Archives.

Todd Nance

Todd Nance (born November 20, 1962) is an American musician. He is best known as the original drummer of Widespread Panic, a band he was a member of until his departure in 2016.

Widespread Panic (album)

Widespread Panic is the self-titled, second studio album by the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on July 30, 1991. It was re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. The album will be issued on vinyl for the first time ever on July 29, 2014. The vinyl-only reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores.

The band had originally recorded material in September 1990 at producer/collaborator/friend John Keane's studio in Athens, Georgia. This session, called Mom's Kitchen, featured the majority of the songs that would eventually be recorded for Widespread Panic, along with other tracks like "A of D", "Impossible", "Machine", "Liza's Apartment (L.A.)", "Conrad", "Contentment Blues", and "Holden Oversoul", of which the latter two were included on the reissues of Space Wrangler (1988). Mom's Kitchen, however, was never released because the band signed a six-album deal with Capricorn Records in January 1991.

Recording of the album proper took place at Emerald Sound Studios (Nashville, Tennessee), Kiva Studios (Memphis, Tennessee), and Duck Tape Music Studio (Decatur, Alabama). The album features T Lavitz on keyboards and was produced by Johnny Sandlin.

The band played the album in its entirety at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on September 2, 2009.

Widespread Panic discography

This is a discography for American rock band Widespread Panic. Since forming in 1986, Widespread Panic has released 12 studio albums, 8 live albums, 1 compilation album and 5 archive albums.

To date, Widespread Panic has sold over three million records.

Widespread Panic videography

This is a videography for American rock band Widespread Panic. Widespread Panic formed in Athens, GA in 1986, and soon became known for their live shows. The band has since released 14 videos showcasing these performances.

Wood (Widespread Panic album)

Wood is the twenty-first album by the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic. It is their tenth official live album release. It was released on the band's Widespread Records imprint on October 16, 2012. Initially released on 2-CD, 2-LP and digitally, it features material recorded from the band's 20th anniversary Wood Tour in 2012.

Another release, Live Wood was also culled from the 2012 Wood Tour and was released on Record Store Day, April 21, 2012.

Widespread Panic
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Live albums
Archival releases
Porch Songs releases
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