Athens-based Widespread Panic, a revered band in the jam-rock scene for nearly 30 years, will release its 12th studio album (and first since 2010) on September 25th on Vanguard Records.
The group recorded Street Dogs in Asheville, North Carolina as a band live in the studio, the first time they’ve ever approached an album that way. The 12 tracks visit and inhabit a wide range of styles, from the folk/jazz infused “Angels Don’t Sing the Blues” to the boogie of “Street Dogs for Breakfast” and the New Orleans-meets-Radiohead feel of “Cease Fire.” In addition to the originals on Street Dogs, Panic also cover Alan Price’s “Sell Sell,” Murray McLauchlan’s “Honky Red” and Willie Dixon’s “Taildragger,” made famous by Howlin’ Wolf.
While they’ve never shied away from studio work, between now and street date (and beyond) Widespread Panic will be in their most comfortable environment: on the road, playing theaters and festivals for their devoted “Spreadhead” fans. They’re spending June and July mostly in the Midwest, with dates in Kansas City, San Antonio, Dallas, Albuquerque and Colorado (both at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Telluride’s Ride Festival) on the immediate horizon.