Porch Songs: Bozeman, MT 10/19/2001

For the 19th volume of Porch Songs, let’s set our sights on Big Sky County….along with Glacier, Yellowstone and lots of space in-between. Widespread Panic’s first Montana performance was in Bozeman in 1993, at the Cat’s Paw, a biker bar/casino/liquor store that had a small, poorly monitored stage that served as the music venue. A place where you could pass by, lay your money down and stay for the show! Over the next decade, the Bozeman / Missoula run truly became a yearly destination. It always takes extra effort and dedication to get to those special destinations….and the band always seems to recognize that fact by delivering scorching shows in tucked away little spots. This performance from Bozeman in 2001 certainly supports that idea as it captures that ever elusive, intangible energy and gives it right back to us.

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Multi-Track Release #8-3: Oak Mountain 2001 – Night 3

From 1990 – 2002, Widespread Panic and their fans held an annual gathering south of Birmingham, AL off of an exit along I-65 in a town called Pelham. Setting the WP record for consecutive years played at the same venue at 13, Oak Mountain conjures up all kinds of musical memories that represent a true cross section of the Widespread Panic timeline. From the early days in 1990, playing only one set…to the HORDE collaborations….to the multi night runs…and eventually returning in 2011 and 2013. This record was achieved by a band always rolling with the changes while always remaining true to their craft.

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