Porch Songs: Cedar Rapids, IA 7/2/2002

For Porch Songs’ 26th show release, let’s start off with a bit of history. Way back in 1993, Widespread Panic rolled through the Midwest and performed in Iowa for the first time…intent on continuing to spread their musical message across the country…which was exactly the same mindset these guys had when finding their way out of Athens, GA to points beyond in the mid to late 1980’s. About a decade later, pulling into Cedar Rapids, IA in July of 2002…even amidst the strange combination of tragedy and celebration…the mission was unchanged. With an epic Red Rocks run just now in the rear view mirror and a horizon full of unknown twists and turns ahead, this bus full of travelin’ men still kept their eyes on the road.

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Porch Songs: Chattanooga, TN 11/21/2001

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.

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