Forget Phil Steele. Forget Pat Forde. Forget Tony Barnhart. When you want hard-hitting hot takes about the upcoming college football season, everyone knows that The Bluest Tape is the place to get them. What, that’s not the case? Okay, maybe we overstated a bit, but still, we kind of know what’s going on, so give us a chance. Anyway, we pair our preseason top four with four great shows from Widespread Panic’s illustrious past. We start out west with a post-Halloween 2000 gem from the Wiltern Theater featuring a rock legend on guitar, follow it up with a 1993 rarity from Harvey’s tape vault, and then head back to the Newport Music Hall in C-Bus for a nice selection from October 1995. We close out the show the way that the college football season will probably close out as well, with the houndstooth-clad folks in Tuscaloosa riding high yet again. So, get your red Solo cups out of storage – it’s football season!
Links below go to whole show streams from Panicstream.
02 November 2000 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater
Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Light My Fire (w/ Robby Krieger on guitar)
Source: FOB Schoeps MK41 > CMC6 > Apogee AD1000
19 January 1993 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
Flat Foot Flewzy, Driving Song > Pleas > Driving, Hatfield, Rock
01 October 1995 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Smoke & Burn > Happy > Heaven > B of D
Source: B&K 4011’s > Neumann BS48i-2 > Modified Sony TCD-D10 Pro by Mark Lamke
04 October 1996 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Coleman Coliseum
Travelin’ Light, The Last Straw > (I Walk On) Guilded Splinters > Chilly Water
Source: MG210>Neumann 48v p/s>sbm-1>D7 by Billy Mixon