November 24, 2000
For the 17th volume of Porch Songs, we head back to end of 2000….and the end of a monster tour. Whether by miles logged, cool places played or hot shows rendered…mid-October to the first of December created many wonderful musical memories. We’ve hit this tour before…with the first ever Widespread Panic Archives Multi-Track Release: Carbondale 2000. These two shows from Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum in late November, 2000 fit the bill for this next Porch Songs release…night one now and night two coming up soon.
Widespread Panic kinda starts this show twice…with a couple of hard-charging openers…”Love Tractor” right into “Travelin’ Light.” With the North Mississippi All Stars opening the show, the crowd was obviously ready and the band got further into it with a “Party At Your Mama’s House” that allowed everyone to catch their breath…at least at the beginning…before heading right on into “Dyin’ Man.” After some interesting noodling around, a strangely placed “Papa’s Home”…split with a “Walkin’” …popped up midset to do more than carry us toward the end of the set…we got transported! And not to be done just yet, the “Papa’s” just eases up at the end and the boys lay down a “Red Hot Mama” before closing out the set with a very nice segue into “All Time Low.” It was time to rest up a bit and get ready for what was sure to be a party that had just gotten good and started.
Coming out with “Blackout” to open the second set got everyone quickly back into line. “Henry Parsons Died” got us all crazy before “Little Lilly” settled things down just a bit. As “Little Lilly” slowly but surely slid into “Vacation,” it was once again ON! A stellar “Vacation” is all it ever takes…right? From there…a “Porch Song” from nowhere that went everywhere. After “Drums” pushed us even further out, we get cleaned up on Cody Dickenson’s crazy washboard and it just gets weird…of course in a good way! Eventually, “Arleen” slinks her way in and it gets even weirder…in the best way. “City of Dreams” comes in as a calming force to give us a chance to say, “Whew!” Encoring with “Let it Rock” ends this show on a raucous note and gives a bit of definition to the performance that just went down…cause that’s just what they did…they LET IT ROCK!
Now it’s time to get ready for the second night of this stellar run…stay tuned!
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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.. but, 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.
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