After almost 25 years of touring and remaining at the top of the most successful touring bands in the last two decades, fans can now time travel through Panic's live musical history. Widespread Panic archivist, Horace Moore, serves as the captain of an indelible new series of live releases entitled the Widespread Panic Archives.
In conjunction with this new series, Swampland/Mystery And Manners offers complete coverage of these seminal live recordings from the band's vaults. We will be interviewing Moore about each release as well as providing reviews.
CARBONDALE 2000 and VALDOSTA 1989
The first two volumes, Carbondale 2000 and Valdosta 1989, prove interesting releases at totally different times in the band's history. Carbondale finds the band at their musical apex. Valdosta illustrates the band's early days as a powerful quartet.
Carbondale 2000- By December 2000, Widespread Panic sounded like a finely-tuned rock and roll locomotive. This Carbondale show commences the Archive Series with a 3CD stellar show. Volume 2 of the mighty Widespread Panic’s Archive Series serves as testimony to the band’s power as an original quartet: John Bell, Michael Houser, Todd Nance and Dave Schools. The great Jim Oade recorded this amazing show from the backseat of his car in the parking lot of the Armory in April 1989.
In this video, Panic guitarist and vocalist John Bell talks about Panic releasing the Carbondale show to begin the WSP Archive Series.
Valdosta 1989 - In the liner notes for this inimitable Valdosta show Horace Moore wrote: “Valdosta 1989. The holy grail of music improvisation? Certainly not in terms of what Widespread Panic would become musically. But, in a certain sense, as the 1989 version of the band was improvising their musical career, they took that night in Valdosta to somewhat define both where they had been and where they were going and thankfully took the time to capture it. Given the time and the circumstance, many bands might have paused on taking that night in Valdosta, but not Panic as they wanted to become more Widespread. Mission accomplished that night and for many, many more nights to come.”
On April 3, 1996, Widespread Panic performed at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Panic Archivist Horace Moore wrote in these liner notes: “So, what is it about this Huntsville, Alabama, show back in 1996 that takes on so much meaning? What really happened there that night? Whatever it was it moved more than 2,582 in attendance…that’s for sure. And for much longer than the three and a half hours the band was onstage. Whether 4/3/96 was someone’s 1st or 250th show, or even if they didn’t see the band for the first time until a few years later, this show continues to hit the note.” continue reading review