When it comes to Southern rock behemoths, Athens, Georgia’s Widespread Panic are a big California Zinfandel compared to the Allmans’ half-drunk case of Bud. Two powerfully expressive players, guitarist Jimmy Herring and bassist Dave Schools, fuel a heady and complex express train driven by epically urgent singer John Bell. Marking their first quarter-century together, WSP have long hidden in plain sight in the jam band ghetto, a popularly purloined, underrated group and an unmistakable influence on the likes of My Morning Jacket and Drive-By Truckers.
Thu., July 22, 8 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 20, 2010