Widespread Panic Brings Legendary ‘Mountain Jam’ To Vegas [Audio]

first_imgSetlist: Widespread Panic at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV – 7/11/16Set 1: One Arm Steve, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, The Last Straw > Mountain Jam > Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Steven’s Cat, Weight of the World*, Tail Dragger*, High Time We Went*Set 2: Pigeons, Solid Rock, Sell Sell, Porch Song > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys**, Big Wooly Mammoth** > Drums^ > Cease Fire > Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing MachineEncore: Expiration Day, Climb To SafetyNotes:* w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band** w/ Gregory Davis, Trumpet; Efrem Towns, Trumpet^ Duane only[H/T JamBase] Widespread Panic rocked their three-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas over the weekend, with full support from Dirty Dozen Brass Band at all three shows. The phrase “Never Miss A Sunday Show” rang true, especially for this historical WSP performance.Four songs into their set led to an explosive surprise for the loyal fanbase. While executing their 1991 tune “The Last Straw,” Jimmy Herring used his guitar to signal a subtle segue toward what turned into a ten-minute version of The Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam.” While the Panic has played a full “Mountain Jam” before, it hadn’t been done since 1988, a full 2,744 shows ago. This marks the band’s biggest bust out in their 30-year career.The song choice, whether planned in advance or not, comes close to home for members of Widespread Panic. With Jimmy Herring having played with ABB in the summer of 2000, remaining a frequent collaborator since, and with drummer Duane Trucks, nephew of original ABB drummer Butch Trucks, brother to guitarist Derek Trucks, and another frequent inhabitant of the ABB drum kit, there was enough blood on the stage to resonate with fans of either southern rock band. While the Allman Brothers’ version of the song went on for sometimes up to an hour, this ten minute bust out will surely be remembered in WSP history for years to come.Enjoy the audio of “The Last Straw” > “Mountain Jam” in the clip below, courtesy of taper Todd Hodulik via PanicStream:last_img read more

Trail Mix – Rod Picott

first_imgRP – It’s a song that came right out of a health scare I had last winter. In some ways, it’s a song about self-loathing, which is of course not exactly a fun place to put yourself as a writer, but it’s an accounting of my life in a philosophical sense. I was asking myself tough questions, not necessarily finding any answers, but asking important questions and facing the facts with a killer’s dead eye. It was cathartic and a bit scary, but I needed to look at the math of myself at that moment, so I got out the calculator and started adding. I was lucky enough to catch up to Rod to chat about politics (almost), swinging a hammer, and the brand new record. BRO – We are featuring “Ghost” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song? Armed with his voice, a guitar, and a harmonica, Picott stripped these songs to the bone, adopting a warts-and-all approach to the recording that makes the songs nearly visceral for the listener. RP – Ha! Fitting in many ways, isn’t it? Where has the truth gone? I believe it’s been on vacation a bit too long. I think it’s on an extended golf trip. Sometimes you have to feel the music to really hear it. RP – Indeed I did. Right out of high school, I went into construction. I sanded drywall that first day of work. At the end of the day, my fingertips were literally bleeding. Not red and sore. Bleeding. I remember saying to myself, “I am not doing this.” Then, of course, I spent the next twenty years as a drywall finisher and hanger. I took pride in my work and was very good at a very tough job. I did take some satisfaction in doing a good job, but there’s no question that writing a good song is far more satisfying. There is a moment when you write something that really works and you feel almost blessed. After all these years, I still can’t quite explain how it works. It’s still magical when a song comes together. It’s creation, something that exists that didn’t exist when you woke up that morning. That’s some kind of magic. There’s a power in these songs, and Picott’s raw performance, that makes this a stand out record for 2019. Rod will continue singing his truths and shaming those devils along the road throughout the end of July and August. You can hear him on WFMU in Nashville this Saturday and then around the Southeast until mid-August, when he’ll be heading north to Canada for a run of gigs. BRO – Your voice, a guitar, and a harmonica. Any trepidation at stripping these songs down so deeply as you went into the studio?center_img RP – We have slightly different skills. Slaid is profoundly talented with melody and structure. He’s always challenged me to keep digging for small musical details that make a song sing and phrase gracefully. I’ve challenged him with a sense of the cinematic and I’m vigilant about who a character is, where they are from, and how they would speak. We are very hard on each other and pull no punches, but it’s all for the sake of the song. We always put the song first. Every details is about making a better song. He’s my favorite co-writer and one of the smartest people in my orbit. He once changed an entire engine in his van the day before he left for a tour. He built his own A/C unit. Slaid is an anomaly and an outlier. That was the approach singer/songwriter Rod Picott took as he headed into the studio to lay down the tracks for his latest record, Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil, which dropped earlier this month. BRO – I have been a fan of Slaid Cleaves for years. How does writing with him affect you as a songwriter? And be sure to take a listen to “Ghost,” along with new tunes from Hackensaw Boys, Grant Farm, and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters on this month’s Trail Mix. BRO – I read that you used to work in construction. More satisfaction in finishing a building or crafting a song? RP – Absolutely. It was a real challenge, but it was one I embraced. I wanted to try to make an album that sounded exactly like the live show, but I was also challenging myself to be as brutally honest and raw as possible. I did have some trepidation. The critics have been kind to me over the years, and Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil is a different beast. It’s more confessional, more personal, and less narrative than my past work. I wanted the listener to feel that they were with me in the very moment of the recording. That’s why we didn’t wipe the recording clean. We left all the dirt on there. Slaid Cleaves and I always give each other short reviews of each other’s work. “Well, I don’t know how you did it, but you did.” That was his review of the new album. High praise from a man of few words. For more information on Rod Picott, his new record, or when he hits a stage near you, please check out his website. BRO – Man. I want to ask a political question based on the new record’s title. Should I?last_img read more