Widespread Panic Keep It Simple on Live LP 'Wood' – Album Premiere

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Click to listen to Widespread Panic's album 'Wood'

On October 16th, Athens, Georgia, rockers Widespread Panic will release Wood a two-disc live CD chock full of cuts from their first ever fully acoustic tour. Taken from the band's 11-date, four-city Wood Tour – which frontman John Bell called "a way to see ourselves in a different musical light, without the usual safeguards of volume and toys" – the tracklist includes new arrangements of Widespread Panic favorites like "Tall Boy" and "Climb to Safety," as well as covers of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" and the thrilling, album-opnening rendition of John Lennon's "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

"At present, we’ve lived seven months of a 10 month break from playing music together," added Bell of what's next for Widespread Panic, "collecting different experiences apart from each other, theoretically bringing fresh ideas/inspiration into the band dynamic by New Year’s Eve. For me, the bottom line is forgetting to overly identify with what you do, and take time doing different things in order to recognize yourself, as well as meet your bandmates all over again. Sanity."

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