Sunday, October 14, 2012

CD Review: Widespread Panic Bring Out Their Best "Wood"

American jamband, Widespread Panic will be releasing their ninth official live album entitled "Wood" on October 16. This 2CD set features highlights from the band's 2012 all-acoustic tour which hit Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Aspen for multiple nights.

The set features some classic Widespread Panic songs like "Tall Boy" and "Ain't Life Grand," done with a different set of rules. It shows the band's diversity by having to change up the arrangements for many concert staples like "Climb To Safety." The real gems of the set are the cover songs like a perfect rendition of The Beatles' "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" and Alan Price's "Sell Sell." The band  enjoys getting down and dirty with the blues of "Good Morning Little School Girl" and "Tail Dragger." Col. Bruce Hampton takes over the lead vocals on Bukka White's "Fixin' To Die" as Widespread Panic seem entirely natural in this type of setting without the need to plug in. The two discs just play so smoothly, that at times you forget that it was recorded live.

Widespread Panic are also releasing a special 3 LP box set of this new live album. For more information on this release, please be sure to visit

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