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Valdosta 1989 (Live)

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Editors’ Notes

Here are 26 songs recorded by field recording experts the Oade brothers on April 8th, 1989 at The Armory in Valdosta, GA. This is the second release from the Widespread Panic archives and the amazingly clear-sounding two-track recording harks back to when the band were a quartet comprising members John Bell, Dave Schools, Todd Nance and the late Michael Houser. The threadbare mellow groove of the opening “Porch Song” gives latecomers a glimpse of what Widespread Panic sounded like before they acquired more members to dynamically flesh out their sound. “Space Wrangler” moves and skips with a down-to-earth chemistry among the band members who seem to share an ESP-like communication. Fan favorites “A of D” and “B of D” are here back-to-back in all their prototypical glory as the band’s penchant for jamming right off the deep end and into the abyss unravels beautifully before all falling back into place (and then crumbling apart again) on an extra trippy version of “Impossible.” Released in late February of 2009, this engaging account of the band serves to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of a seminal performance.

Customer Reviews

Bringin it back

This show is a classic. Great sound quality. This was back when the band was a quartet. i love that you can actually hear jb's guitar!! I definitly recomend this album to any music lover.

Glad I listen to my gut

So glad I picked this one up, very happy with the archive shows so far. This is a classic show, a must for all WSP fans old and new!!!! Would have love to seen this lineup just once since I was only ten at the time.

Every Panic fan should buy this album!

As a relatively new Widespread Panic fan, about 5 years, I really have enjoyed this Live release from when the band was just starting out. I didn't get to see them when Mikey was playing especially when they were only four members. As another reviewer said, it's great to hear J B's guitar. I would recommend this release to all Panic fans!


Formed: 1985 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

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

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...
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