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One of the many neo-hippie jam bands which inherited the road-warrior mantle left behind by the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic established a devout grass-roots following on the strength of constant touring and a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock informed by jazz and blues textures. The group's origins dated to 1982, when vocalist John Bell and guitarist Mike Houser first began playing together while attending college in Athens, Georgia; when bassist Dave Schools left academia to join the duo the next year, Widespread Panic was officially born. The band recorded their debut single "Coconut Image" in 1986; drummer Todd Nance joined soon after, followed by the addition of percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz and finally keyboardist John "JoJo" Hermann.

Widespread Panic is a jam band from Athens, Georgia. What began as a weekly jam session at the Uptown Lounge in 1985 (see 1985 in music) grew into a six-man musical force capable of packing Madison Square Garden two nights in a row.

Their debut LP, Space Wrangler, established a small fan base and inaugurated several years of constant touring before the band signed to Capricorn Records and released their major label debut, Widespread Panic in 1991 (see 1991 in music). After appearing with the H.O.R.D.E. tours for a few years, the band became one of the most popular new jam bands that arose in the mid-1990s.

Playing as many as 250 shows a year, Panic built a large fan base without MTV or Top 40 Radio. To celebrate the release of their first live album, Light Fuse, Get Away, Widespread Panic offered a free "CD release party" concert in the streets of hometown Athens. An estimated 100,000 fans descended on the town, transforming it into the largest CD release party in history.
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In August 2002, founding guitarist Michael Houser lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. George McConnell, a long time friend of the band and Beanland alumnus, joined in Houser's wake. At the end of the summer tour, Panic went back to the studio to record Ball, a testament that, as Houser wished, they would continue as a band.

Houser's wish was that the band would carry on after his passing, and with McConnell becoming a permanent replacement, Widespread Panic did just that. Their next full length album, Ball was released in April of 2003. Night Of Joy, which appeared in late March 2004, featured live selections from two of the band's shows at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC while they toured in support of Ball. It marked Widespread Panic's second live effort, a follow up to 2000's Another Joyous Occasion.

After 18 years of non-stop touring, only pausing for studio recording and Christmas vacation, the band announced in late 2003 that they would be taking a hiatus in 2004 to spend time with their friends and families.

Carrying on in the jam-happy, any-genre-goes tradition of forebears such as the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic is just one of a number of homegrown bands to emerge in the '90s intent on proving that improvisation is alive and well in the heart of America.

While Widespread Panic can hardly be credited with breaking any new ground in the present-day rock landscape, they show that there's something to be said for mining familiar territory, provided you know where to look.

Discography
Space Wrangler Landslide Records, 1988
Widespread Panic Capricorn Records, 1991
Space Wrangler Capricorn (re-release), 1992
Everyday Capricorn, 1993
Ain't Life Grand Capricorn, 1994
Nine High A Pallet Capricorn (recorded with Vic Chesnutt under the collective name Brute), 1996
Bombs & Butterflies Capricorn, 1997
Light Fuse, Get Away Capricorn, 1998
'Til The Medicine Takes Capricorn, 1999
Another Joyous Occasion Widespread Records, 2000
Don't Tell the Band Widespread Records/Sanctuary Records, 2001
Co-balt Widespread Records (recorded with Vic Chesnutt under the collective name Brute), 2002
Live in the Classic City Widespread Records/Sanctuary Records, 2002
Ball Widespread Records/Sanctuary Records, 2003
Night of Joy Widespread Records/Sanctuary Records, 2004
Über Cobra Widespread Records/Sanctuary Records, 2004
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