PORCH SONGS: Morrison, CO – 6/22,23,24/2001

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Morrison, CO

June 22, 23 & 24, 2001

For the 14th volume of Porch Songs, we kiss the mountain air we breathe at a three night Red Rocks performance. Still considered by music fans worldwide as the best natural outdoor venue on our planet, Red Rocks is indeed a sacred place that, for both Widespread Panic and its fans, feels just like home…if you can find your way home…which sounds like trouble a-brewin’!

Coming right after the 2001 Santa Fe run (Porch Songs Vol. 2), these three nights at Red Rocks beg for a bit of analysis cause it’s filled to the brim with some unexpected happenings, guest artists and inspired playing. Check this out…

  • The first “Don’t Tell The Band”
  • The first “Swamp” in over a year
  • Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars…and that electric washboard
  • First set the first night was a random mix of the album “Ain’t Life Grand”
  • First “Action Man” with lyrics
  • First “L.a.” in eight months and not again for another year…that segued into the first “Raise the Roof” in a year and what became the last one ever
  • Cecil Daniels adding his brand of butter to the spread
  • First “Me and The Devil Blues” in about a year
  • First ” Trouble” since the previous New Year’s and followed by the much sought after and only time played “Driving Song > Can’t Find My Way Home > Driving Song”…with that “CFMWY” not showing up since the previous November
  • The only “Boogie Chillen”
  • Need  more? There’s plenty of nooks and crannies all in these shows…just give it a listen

The pilgrimages to Red Rocks have certainly been life-changing for both Widespread Panic and their fans.  As fans, we seem to be innately aware of our great fortune of being able to continually fuel our dreams with great music, old and new friends, and the fantastic scenery of an incredible venue. Those trips are never complete though without at least one pause during the run to check in on reality and discover that…Yes, I really am at Red Rocks…and so is my band. Again.  And I still don’t ever, ever, ever want to leave!

Order your copies of the June 22, 23 & 24, 2001 Red Rocks  shows here: 6/22 | 6/23 | 6/24

As always, keep in mind that when listening to these Porch Song releases, what you’re really hearing is a recording of what came through the house speakers the night of the show…so there is no post-show engineering opportunity to dial in each instrument and vocal to perfection as there is with the Widespread Panic Multitrack Releases. So, what you’ll occasionally find on these Porch Song recordings is a bit of digital noise, static and maybe even a quick drop out resulting from the onstage recording process and/or the ravages of tape degradation. For this release, we’ve selected a show that’s once again pretty damn clean…except for the third night where we had to cut the Pleas opener and deal with a couple of random spots later on…but to get there…as always, we’ve preserved what we could, doctored up what we’ve been able to…and, in this ongoing process, have refused to let a minor blemish or two prevent the spreading of this amazing music.  So, sit back, settle in and let Widespread Panic take you on another incredible journey.

Feedback is always welcome and I really do listen…all of the time, so drop me a line at mail@widespreadpanic.com.


  1. Jw1013 on 12/19/2012 at 10:09 am

    Imagin that another Colorado run of shows. Where are the EPIC runs at oak mtn?

  2. LetItRollOn on 01/08/2013 at 9:57 pm

    Oak Jw1013? Particularly ’00 – ’02? Hopefully waiting to be issued in multitrack glory!!!

  3. Carlos Miguel on 01/17/2013 at 4:52 pm

    I would say the 2001 Oak Mtn, run was one of my favorites! To the moon…..

  4. Files on 01/27/2013 at 10:02 am

    I been to both and I agree oak mt= bomb!

  5. CC Rider on 01/29/2013 at 1:45 am

    Made me fall in love with WSP. Thank u guys so much.

  6. islandjarvis on 01/31/2013 at 12:58 pm

    My now husband and I met at the 2000 Red Rocks show, we were at 2001 Sante Fe show and ventured again to Red Rocksbfor this amazing show. Boy would we love to head back there all the way from St. Simons …. Would be an incredible 40th birthday present for the hubs! We will see you at Wanee with our toddler in tow – grooming the next generation of your fan base. Timeless indeed!

  7. mk on 02/02/2013 at 8:08 pm

    This was my last of over 400 widespread panic shows attended. Man I wish they still had this band. Just ruined by Jimmy Herring and his blow your wad style of “shred guitar”. We miss you more than you could imagine, Mike.

  8. LB on 02/07/2013 at 12:33 pm

    Some of the best runs of Panic was at Red Rocks and this is one of them.
    Thanks guys for relighting that fire-
    God I miss Mikey and cherish all those shows deep inside –
    The magic has returned now which i never thought would happen again,
    Thank you Jimmy for tickling my soul with your rifts-