Widespread Panic

Driving Songs Vol. V: Fall 2008


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  • And just like that, another year has come and gone. Man, these things go by fast. There’s a lot of work that goes in to making any touring entity work and Widespread Panic is certainly no exception. In the grand scheme of things Widespread is far from the toughest tour on the planet. We do multiple night runs routinely and we have a band that actually speaks to, and even laughs with, the crew. You’d be surprised just how far from common that last bit is. We’re fortunate to work where we do and trust me we all know it. That being said, long hours, tired bodies and worn out minds inevitably become the norm as a tour drags on. To the folks who for some reason purposely endure this often times uncomfortable, yet strangely rewarding, task I humbly dedicate this final Driving Songs of 2008.

    There are a large number of people who make up our touring staff. Somewhere around thirty to be precise. Faces change periodically. However, of that thirty there are a handful who make what I consider to be the core base of Widespread Panic’s crew. These are the people you may have noticed milling about for years but never knew exactly who they were or what they did. Folks, these guys are the absolute best. They take the utmost pride in what they do and who they do it for. These are the people who absolutely, positively must be there to make a Widespread Panic show happen. The band appreciates these people, I appreciate these people and judging from the good times I see you all having every single night, I’m pretty sure that in your own way you do too.

    Ladies and gentlemen, please help me by rockin’ out to Driving Songs 5 in the honor of the following  core crew members of Widespread Panic:

    Steve Lopez
    Garrie Vereen
    Brad Blettenberg
    Patrick Dickinson
    John Switzer
    Paul Agostino
    Sean Pretto
    Eric Pretto
    Chris Berry
    Joel Reiff
    Ryan Bishop
    John Harvey
    Josh Trevorrow

    Thanks as always,
    Chris Rabold
    Athens, GA
    December 2008


St. Louis Jam 10/10/08 Austin, TX
Pusherman 11/8/08 Milwaukee, WI
Sleepy Monkey 11/8/08 Milwaukee, WI
Weak Brain, Narrow Mind 11/8/08 Milwaukee, WI
Murat Jam 11/5/08 Indianapolis, IN
Time Is Free 11/5/08 Indianapolis, IN
L.A. 11/7/08 Milwaukee, WI
Ride Me High 10/26/08 St. Augustine, FL
Fishing 11/29/08 Asheville, NC
Don't Be Denied 11/29/08 Asheville, NC
Thin Air 10/22/08 Tallahassee, FL
Vacation 10/17/08 Atlanta, GA
Red Hot Mama 11/1/08 New Orleans, LA
Chilly Water 11/29/08 Asheville, NC
Arlene 11/8/08 Milwaukee, WI
Pickin' Up The Pieces 10/18/08 Atlanta, GA
Time Waits For No One 10/31/08 New Orleans, LA
Jack 11/29/08 Asheville, NC
Do What You Like 10/19/08 Atlanta, GA
Tall Boy 10/18/08 Atlanta, GA


thank you 5/8/2009 9:43:08 AM

"really wouldnt be the same without all of you guys, truly an amazing job, but one im sure is hard to tackle as well. the people behind the scenes are just as important as the 6 we watch play"

SpreadHead 12/29/2008 8:20:58 PM

"Pure Genius~ This album rocks!!!"


St. Louis Jam 368


Pusherman 1020


Sleepy Monkey 472


Weak Brain, Narrow Mind 264


Murat Jam 278


Time is Free 1036


L.A. 291


Ride Me High 888


Fishing 471


Don't Be Denied 419


Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi) 726


Vacation 697


Red Hot Mama 877


Chilly Water 656


Arlene 832


Pickin' Up The Pieces 431


Time Waits For No One 468


Jack 437


Do What You Like 1063


Tall Boy 271


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