Nov 28, 1994
2: Happy Child
3: Papa’s Home (with alternate Christmas lyrics)
4: Funky Christmas
2: Happy Child
3: Papa’s Home (with alternate Christmas lyrics)
4: Funky Christmas
Photo by William Claxton/Brown Cat
3. Love Tractor
4. Space Wrangler
01. Mike’s 1st tune 91 Rehearsal
02. Pleas (Mikey on Vocals) 91 Rehearsal
03. Country Sex Song 89 Rehearsal
04. Conrad 5/87 Studio
05. Quarter Tank of Gasoline 1/92 Studio
06. Gimme 1/92 Studio
07. Who Do You Belong To? 1/92 Studio
08. She Was the Sun, He Was the Moon 98 Studio, Mikey with Bloodkin
09. Sing About Love 98, Mikey with Bloodkin
10. Fishwater (Featuring “Marathon Mikey) 3/91
11. Just Kissed My Baby 3/91 Studio
12. Jack 3/91 Studio
13. Worry 3/91 Studio
14. Guilded Splinters 3/91 Studio
15: Born To Die (excerpt) (“Born To Die” is Fixin’ To Die”)
Source/Transfer:Unknown gen analog cassette
10/26/1961 – 2/16/2011
Posted on WidespreadPanic.com on 4/26/2011:
The Vereen and Widespread Panic Families again wish to thank the many, many friends who have shared their Love and support during the strange, sad time following Garrie’s passing two months ago.
Garrie’s departure has officially been ruled suicide by the Chief State medical officer. Finally. Presumed details can be found through other “official” news sources; I submit that Garrie found himself in an acute and foreign mental / emotional state of being, and after an extreme and irreversible series of moments, we lost a wonder-full guy.
Obviously, due to the very personal and incomplete nature of the investigation up to this point, it would have been inappropriate to elaborate beyond the original statements presented on the Widespread Panic website.
Fortunately, a long awaited ruling by the case officers, as well as uninformed speculation by a very few did not prevent the most important process to take place. Healing. It will be a long undertaking, but the result will be one that Garo’s Family, Friends, and Garrie himself deserve. Thank you for your continued best wishes for this happier outcome.
Garrie Vereen was a man generous with his laughter, Love of Family, and an enviable gift for revealing strangers as friends to be discovered. You will be sadly and sweetly missed, Garo.
Thanks to all who continue to share the Power of his Kinship.
Sincerely, John Bell
From WidespreadPanic.com following the tragic events of Feburary 16, 2011:
These have been sad, sad days since Garrie’s too soon and sudden passing.
Along with my usual internal mutterings, the phrase “salt of the Earth” is also coming through. Looking up the meaning in today’s words, it translates “Those of great worth and reliability.” That was Mr. Vereen. From the moment he pulled his truck up to our Band house on King ave. to help schlep gear in 1986, Garrie became the ambassador for Widespread Panic to the rest of the music world. He set the example for loyalty, candid honesty, working hard, and a readiness to laugh at any appropriate moment. We benefit from his un-wavering example because he was being all that, and I sincerely submit that he was and is the best of us.
Cub scout troop leader, Habitat for humanity contributor, swimming pool chicken fight champion – Garrie was also the go to guy outside of the rock and roll arena. One of many friends described him as the “neighborhood fix-it man,” helping put things (anything) back in working order when he knew he could be of help.
Back in the day, Garo built a stage for a party out in the country. We came around the next afternoon to pick up our gear, and Garrie was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse for his son, Colin – the stage had been transformed.
Bottom line – He Loved his Family, his work, making friends, having friends make friends; be it structures or relationships, Garrie really liked to build things.
Garrie has been such a good friend to so many; a lot of tears, stories, and healing are now being shared forever. Please remember though, for Garrie and Windy’s Family, especially the littlest ones, re-entry into a “normal,” happy life is hard to imagine right now. As smart as these kids are (and they’re freaky smart), all they can be asked to fathom is that their Dad’s not coming back from this “permanent road trip” (that was nine year old Everett Vereen’s analogy).
Thanks to all who continue to offer the Vereen family their support while respecting the private and delicate nature of these moments and days to come.
We all miss you, Sir.
The Vereen Family Trust has been set up at
First American Bank & Trust
300 College Avenue,
Athens, GA 30601
For people wishing to send memorials via paypal for Garrie they may do so by making a payment to paypal user-id: VereenFamilyTrust@gmail.com.
01 – E on a G
02 – Action Man
03 – Big Woolly Mammoth
04 – Tears of a Woman
05 – This Part of Town
06 – Down
07 – Imitation Leather Shoes
08 – Give
09 – Little Lilly
10 – Thought Sausage
11 – Casa
12 – Clinic Cynic
13 – Old Joe
14 – Visiting Day
I created this fileset sometime in 2000 from a variety of DAT and CDR sources while attempting to create a “flawless” version of these demos.
I used a Sony PCM-R500, and a Marantz CDR-615 to create the original master CDR.
Compiled by The Benfactor
01) C. Brown
02) Pigeons (v.1)
03) Barstools & Dreamers
04) The Last Straw
05) Conrad the Caterpillar
06) Machine Funk
07) Holden Oversoul
08) Jack (fades out)
01) // Impossible (fades in)
05) Pigeons (v.2)
06) Liza’s Apt.
07) A of D
08) B of D
09) Contentment Blues
Filler: John Bell solo acoustic (studio)(date unknown)
10) Little Lilly
11) Climb to safety
Source: Soundboard > Cass > DAT > CD-R (seed CD-R courtesy of Scott Sebok)
Remaster by: BobbyHurley
A of D,
The Last Straw
Barstools and Dreamers
JB Talking – Love Tractor
– Several songs include JB talking / conversation.
– There is a gap in Track 16 – JB talking – Love Tractor
– Wonderin’ starts in progress
– This is a must have for old school Panic Fans!!!!!
* with John Keane on pedal steel
[Exact date unknown (sometime in 09/90?);
‘Holden’ and ‘Contentment Blues’ appear on Space Wrangler (reissue)
1: Glory, Pleas > Mr. Soul, Stop Go > Chilly Water > Fairies Wear Boots > Goin’ Out West > B of D > Chilly Water, Postcard
2: Driving Song > Rebirtha > Driving Song, Airplane > Ride Me High > Use Me*, Bowlegged Woman, Red Hot Mama*, Me And The Devil Blues > All Time Low > Slippin’ Into Darkness > North
3: Saint Ex > It Ain’t No Use > Papa’s Home > No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature, Sharon > Coconut > Tie Your Shoes > Under The Radar Jam > Arleen > Tie Your Shoes, Dirty Business > Vampire Blues, Don’t Wanna Lose You
E: Cotton Was King, Greta, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine
* with Ron Holloway on saxaphone
** with Luther Dickinson on guitar
*** with Warren Haynes on guitar
compiled & seeded: Alex Moura (burnthday)
Special thanks to nakguy, Z-man, Charles Fox, Alex Leary, and Bennett Schwartz!
01 Space Wrangler (04/29 ~ Charles Fox)
02 Don’t Be Denied (04/19 ~ Charles Fox)
03 Driving Song* > (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
04 Surprise Valley* > (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
05 Drums > (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
06 Surprise Valley* > (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
07 Driving Song* > (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
08 Disco > (04/20 ~ Charles Fox)
09 Diner > (04/11 ~ Charles Fox & Josh Evans)
10 Visiting Day > (04/11 ~ Charles Fox & Josh Evans)
01 Holden Oversoul > (04/22 ~ Charles Fox)
02 Happy > (04/11 ~ Charles Fox & Josh Evans)
03 Jam > (04/11 ~ Charles Fox & Josh Evans)
04 Wondering (04/04 ~ The Z-Man)
05 Can’t Find My Way Home (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
06 Porch Song (slow) > (04/19 ~ Charles Fox)
07 Weak Brain, Narrow Mind > (04/22 ~ Charles Fox)
08 Worry > (04/25 ~ Charles Fox)
09 Rock > (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
01 Bowlegged Woman > (04/25 ~ Charles Fox)
02 Blight > (04/29 ~ Charles Fox)
03 Tie Your Shoes > (04/29 ~ Charles Fox)
04 Tall Boy > (04/27 ~ Charles Fox)
05 Arleen > (05/03 ~ Lee Hart)
06 Heathen > (04/23 ~ Charles Fox)
07 Morning Dew > (04/23 ~ Charles Fox)
01 Airplane > (04/05 ~ Charles Fox)
02 Let’s Get The Show On The Road > (04/05 ~ Charles Fox)
03 And It Stoned Me (04/13 ~ Charles Fox & Josh Evans)
04 Genesis (04/27 ~ Charles Fox)
05 Mr. Soul > (04/25 ~ Charles Fox)
06 Fishwater* (04/26 ~ Charles Fox)
* with Ann Marie Calhoun on fiddle
1: Space Wrangler, Don’t Be Denied, Driving Song* > Surprise Valley* > Drums > Surprise Valley* > Driving Song* > Disco > Diner, Visiting Day, Holden Oversoul > Happy > Jam, Wondering, Can’t Find My Way Home
2: Porch Song (slow) > Weak Brain, Narrow Mind > Worry > Rock > Bowlegged Woman > Blight > Tie Your Shoes > Tall Boy > Arleen > Heathen > Morning Dew > Airplane > Let’s Get The Show On The Road
E: And It Stoned Me, Genesis, Mr. Soul > Fishwater
compiled & seeded: Alex Moura (burthday)
Thanks to Charles Fox, Josh Evans, Z-Man, and Lee Hart