For this next volume of Porch Songs, we carry ourselves back to Tennessee, climb up Lookout Mountain and find out we are really just in Widespread Panic’s backyard. Chattanooga, and other small places within a short driving distance from Athens, GA, have always given the band the feeling of being just like home even when they are not. Back in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, these little towns in Southern USA helped create a crucible of persistent playing that took root and spread elsewhere. As our pilgrimages continue to take us all over the planet, it’s always nice to find yourself, once again, close to home with the comfort of familiar surroundings.
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.