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This show available as an official WP Archives Porch Songs Release
Text courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

Widespread Panic
Harmony Park Music Garden,
Geneva, MN

1: Henry Parsons Died, Who Do You Belong To?, Jack, The Waker > C. Brown > Tie Your Shoes > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > 1 x 1 > Conrad

2: Happy > Dyin’ Man, Airplane > Holden Oversoul > Better Off > One Kind Favor > Drums > Four Cornered Room > Heathen > Four Cornered Room, This Part Of Town, Fishwater

E: Old Joe, Red Beans

[‘America The Beautiful’ jam by JoJo after ‘Drums’; Last ‘Heathen’ – 04/07/88, 1685 shows]

Available as a WP Archives Porch Songs release.

Horace’s commentary:

We’ve returned once again to 2001…this time for the 8th volume of Porch Songs…and for quite the 4th of July celebration. To be a little off the beaten path and surrounding 10,000 frozen lakes, Minnesota sure does draw the heat from Widespread Panic. With many stellar shows in Minnesota over the years, this 4th of July performance at Harmony Park in Geneva ranks as one of the best.

Settling us into the first set with “Henry Parsons Died” and “ Who Do You Belong To?,” the band is obviously setting us all up for success. “Jack” and “The Waker” then follow and things begin to stretch out a bit. Finding its way out of “C. Brown,” “Tie Your Shoes” locks everyone in for the evening’s ride. Nicely dropping into “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” JB and the band continue to do their thing as only they can. “One by One” seems to set up for the set ender until Mikey charges right on into “Conrad” without warning and then it’s another jam down the homestretch to get everyone…band and crowd…to a well-deserved set break.

Coming out for the second set, the expectations for fireworks are running high…due to the first set heat, a mid-week show in a remote area of the U.S…and a July 4th “ready to celebrate by getting down” kind of vibe. Returning right off the bat to the evening’s trademarks…playing with patience and transitioning evenly…we get a “Happy” slamming right into a “Dyin’ Man.” Taking off from there with “Airplane,” the band and crowd both anticipate the jam and ride it hard all the way to “Holden Oversoul.” With another clean transition into “Better Off,” it’s more of the same into “One Kind Favor”…that just gets out there before giving way to the “Drums.”

With the rest of the band returning to the stage, JoJo lays out a nice holiday rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Continuing the weirdness out of “Drums,” Mikey’s tone and JB’s howl give us the keys to that door which opens up into the “Four Cornered Room”…and then the band slides effortlessly into their first performance of “Heathen” since 1988 and almost 1,700 shows. Walking back through “Four Cornered Room” before finding their way to “This Part of Town,” the band ends the second set with a raging “Fishwater” to finish up two amazing sets of Widespread Panic. With a couple of encores to go, they send everyone off to their camp spots with “Old Joe” and some “Red Beans”…and a show tucked away in their bellies that surely left them satisfied.


This show available as an official WP Archives Porch Songs Release
Photos courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

Widespread Panic
Paolo Soleri
Santa Fe, NM

Set 1
01 Intro
02 The Take Out >
03 Space Wrangler >
04 Stop-Go >
05 Weight Of The World
06 Who Do You Belong To? >
07 Proving Ground >
08 Do What You Like >
09 Proving Ground

Set 2
01 Intro
02 Don’t Be Denied >
03 Porch Song >
04 Bowlegged Woman
05 Driving Song >
06 I Walk On Guilded Splinters >
07 Drums >
08 Driving Song >
09 Hatfield >
10 One Arm Steve >
11 Travelin’ Light
12 Contentment Blues
13 Postcard

[Set 1 stopped due to lightning storm; ‘Down On The Farm’ tease during ‘Bowlegged Woman’; Soundcheck: ‘She Caught The Katy’, ‘Worry’]

source: Schoeps mk4v(ortf) > kc5 > m222 > nt222 > vms5u > Apogee AD1000 > HHb-PDR1000 (48k)
recorded & seeded: Charles Fox

This show available as an official WP Archives Porch Songs Release
Photos courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

Widespread Panic
Two Rivers Auditorium,
Grand Junction, CO

1: Glory > Fishwater, L.a. > Weight Of The World, The Last Straw > Stop-Go > Dirty Business > Stop-Go > Pigeons > Bowlegged Woman

2: Tall Boy > Hatfield > Radio Child, Pilgrims > Blight > B of D, Airplane > Jam > Drums > Pusherman > Conrad

E: Postcard > Stag-O-Lee

Photos and text courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

Widespread Panic
April 3, 1996
Von Braun Civic Center
Huntsville, AL.

Set I:
01: Crowd/Tuning 00:32
02: Better Off > 05:23
03: Pigeons 10:15
04: LGDTB > 04:24
05: Radio Child > 06:09
06: Pilgrims > 06:41
07: Solace > 01:37
08: 1×1 05:05
09: Maggot Brain > 08:08
10: Can’t Get High 04:21
11: Sandbox 04:44
12: Papa’s Home 10:12

Set II:
01: Crowd/Tuning 00:44
02: Diner > 13:18
03: Porch Song > 03:39
04: Pleas 05:54
05: I’m Not Alone > 06:08
06: Tie Your Shoes > 07:41
07: Arleen > 14:20
08: Vacation > 09:33
09: Drums > 06:11
01: Guilded Splinters > 10:49
02: Blackout Blues > 05:52
03: Contentment Blues > 06:08
04: Love Tractor 06:27
05: Crowd

06: Can’t Find My Way Home 06:06

[First ‘Sandbox’; ‘Satisfied’ rap during ‘Arleen’]

Thanks to Haney Jones for his masters and Alan Saferstein for getting them to me and starting this project!

Set I – FOB Schoeps CMC6 > Sonosax > D10 Pro

Set II – Matrix (60% FOB Schoeps CMC6 > Sonosax > D10 Pro, 40% DSBD)
Converted, Edited and Seeded by Harvey Couch

Be sure to check out the Officially Released Multi-track Archive release of this show…

The Making of Huntsville 96 by Chris Rabold

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Liner Notes by Horace Moore

Widespread Panic’s live music has always moved me….both down the highway and to the core…and continues to be an undeniable force and inspiration in my life. I love how a live show presents a musical experience that becomes enveloped in the feel of the moment – whether you’re part of the audience…or the band. Complete and total satisfaction from that synergy is what we always hope to take with us when we leave the venue and head to our next destination… it home or the next show. The chance of capturing that lightning again is what brings us back. That feeling of being better off just because of being there.

When we find ourselves lucky enough to attend those shows that make that mark, live recordings become a vehicle to capture that experience all over again. Thankfully, those same recordings become a potential source of inspiration for those of us who weren’t able to make the trip. And that’s when a performance really begins its journey….and gets its chance to fit that epic definition. It’s having that music live on that gives those that didn’t make it to the show the ability to be inspired and satisfied and dance right along with those that did.

Most of us could reel off a few dozen shows that are our favorites even though we might have been a continent away when the performance actually went down. That disappointment of missing out can be overwhelming. By and by, however, that frustration has the opportunity to be replaced by the very real feeling that you were actually there…and that’s the point. Maybe you’ve been there all along, because isn’t it really all about the whole journey anyway? Musical journeys don’t necessarily end with the last note of the night. Not for a long shot and maybe not forever.

So, what is it about this Huntsville, AL show back in 1996 that takes on so much meaning? What really happened there that night? Whatever it was it moved more than the 2,582 in attendance…that’s for sure. And for much longer than the 3 ½ 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.

For the record, I was not there, but also fell for this show a long time ago. It’s never quit on me and has been the focus of much enjoyment and many conversations over the years. To provide a glimpse of what it was that did go down in Huntsville that night….and what certainly continues on today through this recording, I thought I’d share the passion that comes through my email address…so read on. And take a listen. Be inspired….and satisfied. And you too will be better off.

Horace Moore