Widespread Panic "Free Somehow"

CD Title: Free Somehow
Release Date: February 12, 2008

Track Listing:
Boom Boom Boom
Walk On The Flood
Angels On High
Three Candles
Tickle The Truth
Free Somehow
Dark Day Program
Her Dance Needs No Body
Already Fried
Up All Night

JB and Friends Annual "Hannah's Buddies" Charity

House of Blues Orlando
Sat, February 09, 2008

tickets on sale 11/26/07
ticket price $39.50

Each year, John Bell invites various musicians to join him in performing at the annual Hannah’s Buddies event.

“There is no better feeling than when you can use your natural talents to help someone,” said Percussionist Jeff “Birddog” Lane of Outformation.

About the Hannah’s Buddies Charity Classic

Hannah Elliott was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 1997. Soon after, Hannah’s parents, Laurie and Duncan Elliott, started Hannah’s Buddies in an effort to raise funds to support FightSMA and increase awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The Elliotts’ good friends, John Bell of Widespread Panic and his wife, Laura, wanted to do something to help. John agreed to hold an annual benefit concert and golf tournament in support of Hannah’s Buddies. The first benefit was held in 2000, with approximately 100 golfers participating in the event. The event has continued to grow over the years and in January of 2007, over 230 golfers participated in the Hannah’s Buddies Charity Classic.

Interview With Hannah and Esme:

MB's interview with Hannah and Esme took place on Saturday, January 20th,2007 the eve of Hannah’s 11th birthday, at the Orlando House of Blues.

MB: Now I would imagine that this is a pretty exciting time for you, am I right? Is this something you look forward to all year long?

Hannah: Yeah, I look forward to it a lot, partly because I usually get to go to Disney World and it’s just fun. All of the people here are always really nice.

MB: Now is it usually around your birthday every year?

Hannah: Every year except last year. It was in February last year.

MB: This is a pretty great way to celebrate your birthday!

Hannah: Yeah it is!

MB: Now Esme, is this your first time here?

Esme: Yes, this is my first time here but two years ago they invited me to come, but I had to go down to West Palm Beach. It’s really exciting for me to be here. All of the people here are really nice. I have met a lot of really fun people. And the hotel is awesome, so it’s really cool!

MB: That’s great! Now what hotel are you staying at?

Hannah: The Grand Cypress.

MB: That’s very nice over there! Now Hannah, I’m guessing that you are a Widespread Panic fan. Have you ever been to a Widespread Panic show?

Hannah: No, I have not.

MB: Well what other kinds of music are you into.

Hannah: Well, I like pop and not so much country.

MB: Who would you say is your favorite?

Hannah: Hmmm….

MB: Do you like Britney Spears?

Hannah and Esme: NO!

MB: Justin Timberlake?

Hannah and Esme: NO!

Esme: She likes Fergie!

Hannah: Yeah, I do like Fergie!

MB: Ahh, Fergilicious!

Hannah: Yeah.

MB: So do you like the Black Eyed Peas then?

Hannah: Yeah, I love the Black Eyed Peas!

Esme: Beyonce is really good too! I like “Irreplaceable”, umm, sometimes I listen to things like “Ain’t No Other Man” by Christina Aguilera.

MB: She has an amazing voice!

Esme: Have you ever heard of Avril Lavigne?

MB: Absolutely!

Esme: She has some pretty good songs.

MB: Right on!

Hannah: I like Drake Bell. He has really good music and he’s cute! I pretty much like everything that Esme likes.

MB: That’s great! Now what does it mean to you that all of these people get together in your name to help out

Hannah: I think it’s really great. It’s surprising how many people participate and everything. I think usually they’re here for JB, but then I have to think they’re here for me too. And everybody is really nice. Everybody knows me. It’s really good.

MB: You know, you’re kinda famous!

Hannah: Yeah, for the weekend, I turn into some kind of famous person.

MB: Does it drive you crazy, having everyone coming up to you, taking your picture all the time, or do you just love it?

Hannah: Umm, well I like it sometimes, but sometimes it can get old after like picture after picture and stuff like that. Sometimes I kind of have to go like hide away for a while. And then I go back. I mean, I never get all mad or anything like that.

Esme: Today, when we were at the golf tournament, Hannah told me that she’s famous and that sometimes people wanted autographs with her. I was like oh, it can’t be that bad! And then I went there today and everyone was wanting pictures. There was this guy and he walked up to her and was like, “I love you! I love you!”

MB: Oh my!

Esme: Yeah, and Hannah had no idea who this is. I was like, do you know this person? She said, no, not really. So it was really amazing that so many people came to help with SMA. I thought that was really cool.

MB: Yeah, it is very cool. Now how long have you guys been best friends?

Hannah: Since kindergarten.

MB: Wow, a long time!

Hannah: Yeah!

Esme: When we were in kindergarten, we got along pretty well. Well at the start, we kind of like ignored each other, but towards the end, we got to be really good friends. And I’d always help her, like if she wanted her feet up or down, helped her get things. So this whole time in elementary school, they have kept Hannah and I together in every class that we were in. So every year, we knew that we wouldn’t be alone. We would always have each other, so that’s nice.

MB: That is just wonderful!

Hannah: Yeah, after kindergarten, our moms realized that you know, I needed somebody to be there and everything.

Esme: I’m what they call their fourth daughter. (laughs)

Hannah: Yeah!

MB: I bet you need Hannah too, don’t you Esme?

Esme: Yep!

MB: Now what do all of the kids at school think about all of this? Do they know you are here this weekend?

Hannah: No they don’t and I’m a little worried, because this is the first time I have actually taken someone from my class. We really haven’t told our friends yet. One of our friends goes like crazy when we don’t include her in something, so we are a little worried about that.

MB: You know, I bet it will all be ok. Just tell them it was really boring, everyone was wearing a suit and tie….(we all share a laugh)

MB: Now I know when you were first diagnosed with SMA, your mom found out that there was not a lot of research being done and that there wasn’t much awareness out there about SMA.

Hannah: Well more people have come and definitely like, the researchers have found out a lot more. It’s getting closer and closer. That’s why we do this, so they can get to that point where they have a cure.

MB: Now what would you say, if you could send a message out to everyone, about how important it is to get involved in the fight against SMA?

Hannah: It’s not much to ask for. You’re going to have fun, but while you are having fun, you are going to be helping millions of kids.

Amen to that.

What is Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

“Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) refers to a group of diseases which affect the motor neurons of the spinal cord and brain stem. These critically important cells are responsible for supplying electrical and chemical messages to muscle cells. Without the proper input from the motor neurons, muscle cells can not function properly. The muscle cells will, therefore, become much smaller (atrophy) and will produce symptoms of muscle weakness. There are dozens of diseases which affect the motor neuron.

SMA kills more babies than any other genetic disease.

Degeneration and death of the motor neurons (also called Anterior Horn Cells) in the brain stem and spinal cord produces weakness in the muscles of swallowing, breathing, and limbs. This disease afflicts infants, children, and adults worldwide. It is estimated that SMA occurs in between one-in-6,000 and one-in-20,000 births. Recent advances in our understanding of the genetics of this disorder confirm that the majority of children and adults afflicted with SMA, have inherited this disorder by receiving one gene from both their mother and their father. This is termed autosomal recessive genetic transmission. Between one-in-40 and one-in-80 "normal" men and women carry the gene for SMA. If both a man and woman carry the gene, the chances are 25% that any of their children will manifest SMA.” – www.fightsma.org

To learn more about SMA and to find out how you can join in the fight against it, visit www.fightsma.org.

Untypical Widespread Excitement

In a recent forum discussion Terry Manning, the producer for Widespread Panic's unreleased new album, said that "Several of the songs are just "band live" with no added accoutrement, whereas a couple go all the way to full orchestra backed wild guitar leads."

He also wrote that
the album mixes have all been approved and that he intended on doing the final mastering very soon. As far as a title for the new album, it appears that is still undecided and no news as far as a release date for the record except that it's slated for Spring 2008.

The single from the album, Up All Night, which was released last month has been receiving a fair amount of radio play
predominately in the southern States. Manning said that the single was not intended as a single however " the band management decided that this one track had the most radio-friendly vibe to it. This track is reasonably short, reasonably up-tempo, reasonably "catchy," and has a recurring theme."

Widespread Panic is not known for their album sales or studio releases. They've achieved, for the most part, their devout fan base through constant touring. In the past Panic has worked on and performed new songs during their live shows before heading into the studio leaving little for fans to anticipate.

It seems as though keeping things secret has created a special kind of excitement that the Widespread Panic fans don't normally have with new studio releases and this departure from the typical has produced anticipation in fans now looking forward to the new release.

We can't wait!

Drug Arrests at Widepsread Panic Halloween Show

from the Asheville Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE – City police filed 20 drug-related charges from the October 31st Widespread Panic show at the Civic Center.

The charges are broken down as follows:

-Five for schedule I controlled substances, which includes LSD and psilocybin mushrooms.

-Three for schedule II controlled substances, which includes cocaine.

-Seven for schedule VI controlled substances, which includes marijuana.

-Two maintaining a vehicle to store drugs and three possession of drug paraphernalia charges were filed. Two resisting officer charges also were filed.

Police seized 340 hits of LSD; 26 dosage units of ecstasy; 7.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, along with a chocolate cookie and brownie laced with mushrooms; 1.8 grams of schedule II controlled substances; 19.9 grams of schedule VI controlled substances; 25 glass smoking pipes; one package of rolling papers; 10 inhalers and one Honda Accord.

Channel 13 News in Asheville caught up with John Bell and delivered this video report on Widespread Panic's Halloween show.....Click here to view


Happy Birthday Todd

Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance turns 45.
Happy Birthday Todd and many more!

Todd Nance - November 20, 1962

Widespread Panic Fall Tour Dates - Thanks for the Great Shows


FALL 2007
Sep. 21, 2007 Memphis, TN
Sep. 22, 2007 Memphis, TN
Sep. 27, 2007 Oakland, CA
Sep. 28, 2007 Oakland, CA
Sep. 29, 2007 Oakland, CA
Oct. 02, 2007 Portland, OR
Oct. 03, 2007 Eugene, OR
Oct. 05, 2007 Seattle, WA
Oct. 06, 2007 Seattle, WA
Oct. 08, 2007 Nampa, ID
Oct. 09, 2007 Missoula, MT
Oct. 11, 2007 Ogden, UT
Oct. 12, 2007 Loveland, CO
Oct. 13, 2007 Loveland, CO
Oct. 16, 2007 St. Louis, MO
Oct. 17, 2007 Ames, IA
Oct. 19, 2007 Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 20, 2007 Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 21, 2007 Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 24, 2007 Nashville, TN
Oct. 25, 2007 Nashville, TN
Oct. 26, 2007 Nashville, TN
Oct. 27, 2007 Macon, GA
Oct. 30, 2007 Chattanooga, TN
Oct. 31, 2007 Asheville, NC
Nov. 02, 2007 Charleston, SC
Nov. 03, 2007 Charleston, SC
Nov. 04, 2007 Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 06, 2007 Miami Beach, FL
Nov. 07, 2007 Tampa, FL
Nov. 09, 2007 Birmingham, AL
Nov. 10, 2007 Birmingham, AL


Song: “Let’s Get The Show On The Road”
Artist: The Michael Stanley Band
Album: Friends & Legends

Even if he’s not really known outside the city limits, Michael Stanley is a bit of a legend in JB's hometown of Cleveland. Had he ever become huge, Stanley would have been Cleveland’s equivalent of Bob Seger. More people probably know this song as a Widespread Panic song as they are prone to covering it in their encore.

Todd and Sunny Chattanooga Interview

The Heartbeat of Widespread Panic
by Fil Manley (filmanley@gmail.com) for The Chattanoogan

The Oct. 30 show here in Chattanooga, was excellent. This is the first indoor show I’ve seen with Panic since 1996 when I saw them with Michael Houser at the UTC Arena. The place wasn’t sold out, but it wasn’t far from it.

Every member of this band does his job with skill and dexterity and, having now seen guitarist Jimmy Herring with the band twice, I have to say that he was a great choice. His guitar skills are explicit. Listening a second time now to the recorded version of the same show, I’m even more impressed. His melodic and resonant leads play well against Todd Nance’s drums, Sonny's percussion, JoJo Hermann's Hammond organ, David School's bass and John Bell’s vocals and guitars, all without being overdone. In addition to musical virtuosity, I was impressed with the quality of the vocal harmonies they manage to pull off.

Embracing technology, encouraging fan loyalty and helping fans to become closer to the band through nearly year-round touring has served this band well. Everything about them speaks to the tightly woven interoperability that can only come from years of not only playing together, but getting a lot of joy from the process.

I interviewed both Todd Nance, the drummer and percussionist Domingo “Sonny” Ortiz, prior to their show here in Chattanooga.

1Fil Manley: I understand that you’re from Chattanooga…?

Todd Nance: I went to Harrison Central High

Fil Manley: So you were one of the original members?

Todd Nance: No, Mike brought me in about a year after the band was officially started. He and I were friends and had been playing together locally for a while. He invited me to Athens and things just seemed to work out.

Fil Manley: I know that you’ve talked about this a thousand times, but how did his passing affect you and the rest of the band?

Todd Nance: It was tough, I mean the whole thing. We knew it was coming, so we were kind of prepared for it, but we just kind of played right through the whole thing. A lot of people thought it was wrong, but it’s what Mike wanted. He knew what he was up against, we all did. After he died, we didn’t really talk about it for a while. It took a long time for us to all kind of come to terms with it in our own ways.

Fil Manley: How was playing in a band like this different from what you had done before? What was it like playing with a full time percussionist?

Todd Nance: Sonny is great, I mean, we’ve been playing together now since 86. It was a little strange at first, but the main thing about getting used to it is just learning to delegate, to listen, maybe. You really have to just listen to each other. After a while, you become more of a single entity.

Fil Manley: And the new guitarist? Jimmy?

Todd Nance: Yeah, he’s a breath of fresh air. It’s a joy to play with him. I’ve liked him since he was doing Horde.

Fil Manley: So, you guys have a new album in the hopper?

Todd Nance: Yeah, we spent 12 weeks, with Terry Manning, at Compass Point Bahamas. They’re mixing the album now. It took two weeks to record it, and there will probably be 12 songs in all. It should be out early next year.

Fil Manley: Is there anything we should know? Is there something completely different about this one?

Todd Nance: Well, it’s always evolving, but at the same time, it’s pretty much always Widespread Panic.

Fil Manley: So, do you have a favorite song or album?

Todd Nance: (laughs) The next one, that’s always my favorite song… my favorite album, is probably “Til the Medicine Takes.”

Fil Manley: Why that one?

Todd Nance: I’m not sure, it’s just is.

I caught Sonny Ortiz a few days later, somewhere out in the ether, midway through their current tour.

Fil Manley: Hey Sonny, thanks for the interview. Todd has family here in town, and I know that Mike was from here also. Does this make things different when you guys play Chattanooga?

Sonny Ortiz: Yes, we used to all room together, and when we’re in town, they treat all the boys like family. When we have days off, we sometimes spend time at the lake house.

Fil Manley: What’s touring like for you?

Sonny Ortiz: We spend an average of nine weeks on, then we’re off for six or eight weeks, usually doing the fall, summer and spring. We tour nine months out of the year, or 180 days per year.

Fil Manley: So, you’ve been with the band almost since the beginning?

Sonny Ortiz: This past Saturday, Oct. the 6th, was my 21st year with the band. Back then, I was hanging out at the Uptown Lounge. They asked me to sit in, and it turned into a regular thing. Mike and J.B. were together since 1980, doing acoustic duo shows, just the two of them in Athens. Then they decided to bring in a bassist and drummer. I was next to hop on in 86, but I didn’t start full time with the band until the Space Wrangler album, in 1988.

Fil Manley: What were you doing before that?

Sonny Ortiz: I was out in Austin Tex., and the music there had a big influence on me. It was Reggae, Latin, Country & Western, Rock and Roll. What was interesting to me about these guys was the music. There weren’t any boundaries. It was open, it was refreshing, especially with the kind of music that was coming out of Athens in the 80’s. There were the B-52’s and REM kind of hitting, they were doing something different. Even with all of that, and still today in 2007, and probably for the next 20 years, that good is something we’re still trying to incorporate into this band.

Fil Manley: So your enthusiasm hasn’t waned, even after all this time?

Sonny Ortiz: Even when we’re out there nine weeks at a time, even when we do the last show of the tour, like, the last show of the summer tour was in Birmingham. I remember walking off the stage, on the last show, when we took our (set) break, and kind of feeling like, I want some more, where’s the next show? It’s the end of the tour, but that’s it, the guys, the tour feeling so important to us, and being ready to go to another show.

Fil Manley: So that’s what keeps all of you going?

Sonny Ortiz: It’s a genuine feeling, I’m not yanking your chain. I’m just telling you how I feel. I think this is what motivates us, and the fans, as members here and as part of this whole thing.

Fil Manley: Could you tell me a little more about your song writing process?

Sonny Ortiz: That’s easy, we share everything. We lock ourselves in a room for a while, and someone will come up with an idea, and we’ll talk about it a little bit, then we’ll experiment with it and kind of knock it around. Someone will add something to it, and it will just kind of turn into something, or not. It’s a creative thing which doesn’t seem to end.

Fil Manley: So you guys work on everything together, share credit on everything?

Sonny Ortiz: Yes, that’s the way it is generally. I mean it’s like, the Beatles. I’m not comparing us to them, I mean, I love the Beatles and I’ve always been a fan, but when they were together, when they were writing together, they had that magic, that something, but when they split up, it turned into something completely different. Their music, the music they made as a group was just a certain kind of thing, which people really related to, but on their own, it was really different.

Fil Manley: That’s my quote…

Sonny Ortiz: I’m going to make the Beatles fans mad.

Fil Manley: (Laughs) I don’t think you said anything bad, or anything that most people wouldn’t agree with. I’m a huge Beatles fan. I’ve been listening to them since I was a kid, but in my own opinion, the Beatles in their solo careers, well, they just weren’t the Beatles. It wasn’t the same.

Sonny: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying. There’s something about our group feeling, the chemistry, that pulls out the creativity, and helps us to do more, create something we couldn’t do alone.


Halloween Brings Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic hit Asheville, NC
on October 31 for their highly-anticipated
Halloween show at the Civic Center.
Thousands of fans, ghouls and goblins
showed up for the sold-out performance.

The eerie stage glowed with firey skulls,
trident-laden devils and molten rocks
released from the bloody bowels of Hell.

The unsuspecting audience suddenly
yelled and screamed as they crossed-over
into the abode of the dead as Lucifer himself
took the stage.

Bone pale fingers played the
instruments of evil and celebrated
the night as the costumed souls
danced in merriment.

Mortals eager to please the Hell-troops
presented ritual offerings and sacrificial animals
like the rare Red Elmo.
Elmo took on the the Devil's lexicon
and sang of evil dreams and children of the night.

Set 1
Welcome To My Nightmare >Chilly Water, Ribs and Whiskey
All Time Low >Hatfield >Machine >Barstools and Dreamers, Tickle The Truth, Johnny Appleseed >Ain't Life Grand

Set 2
Enter Sandman >Fishwater >Bust It Big >Jack
Slip Kid >Drums >Driving Song >Time Is Free >Driving Song Pilgrims >Imitation Leather Shoes


Bright Side of Life > Children of the Grave

Sunny Ortiz Discusses New Widespread Panic Album

North Charleston Coliseum set for two nights of 'Panic'
BY KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT For the Charleston Post and Courier

"There's no definition in music," or so says Widespread Panic percussionist Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz.

It's been 21 years and counting for the band. If one thing holds true for a band that never has been inclined to repeat itself, it's that longtime fans have come to expect the unexpected. It may sound like a cliche, but the sentiment rings true.

Having played more than 2,500 shows around the world since forming in 1986, not many other bands — if any — can lay claim to having never played the same setlist twice.

Nor has the group ever attempted to record a carbon copy of any one album.

And, by the way, they've made an awful lot of records, as well.

A long musical history

"We have the attitude that this album is going to sound different than the project before, and the one before that," Ortiz said. "We've never depended on anyone to tell us how to sequence an album or what it should sound like."

Despite their already immense catalog of material, the members of Widespread Panic — Ortiz, John Bell, Dave Schools, Todd Nance, Jojo Hermann and relative newcomer Jimmy Herring — have been "revitalized" by the writing process.

"Writing is still crucial," explained Ortiz. "We've been writing with an open mind. Everybody has been bringing in ideas, and we listen to them all. It's about everybody being together."

Widespread Panic's origins can be traced back to 1981, when Bell and Michael "Panic" Houser, whom the band is named for, began playing together when they were students at the University of Georgia.

Houser, who played guitar, quickly added Schools (bass) and Nance (drums) to the fold before eventually recruiting Hermann (keyboards) and Ortiz (percussion) in 1986.

Within two years, Widespread Panic released its first album, "Space Wrangler," and never lost pace, having released a succession of albums, the 16th of which is due next spring.

Revered by fellow players for their stellar musicianship, heralded by critics as innovative and loved by a loyal legion of fans, Widespread Panic has sold more than 3 million units worldwide.

All their success, however, hasn't come without sadness.

On Aug. 10, 2002, perhaps the most important date in the band's history, Houser died after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

"When Mikey was with us, we had an identity that no one else could compare or compete with us," said Ortiz.

True to Houser's wishes, the band never canceled a show and trudged forward. Initially, they called on longtime friend Herring to step in, but the guitarist already was playing with The Allman Brothers Band.

"That relationship started in the late '80s," Ortiz said. "He was one of the guys whose name had come up, but he was busy and was already committed, so we went with (George) McConnell.

"You go with the flow and make changes appropriately."

McConnell joined the band, spent a few years on the road and helped record "Earth to America." When the union between McConnell and the band no longer fit, the guys again called on Herring, who joined in time to tour with the band in the summer of 2006.

"He was in a position where he could say, 'yes,' " said Ortiz, who described Herring as a "studious" musician. "It's something he always wanted to do, but he wasn't ever going to undercut anybody. He's a sweetheart of a guy and breath of fresh air."

Brotherhood of Panic

With Herring firmly in the fold and the others comparing the band's newfound chemistry to that of the Houser era, Widespread Panic is reinvigorated. More importantly, the band is doing what it did more than 20 years ago.

"It's not so much us — it's the fans," Ortiz said. "We wouldn't be out here without our fan base. ... We don't survive on record sales. We're all about touring."

After years of relentless touring, Widespread Panic has developed into one of the biggest bands, as far as ticket sales, on the road today.

The band has sold out venues across the country, ranging from New York's Madison Square Garden to Colorado's Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre (where they hold the record for the most sold-out shows).

They kicked off this year's summer tour playing their sixth headlining slot at Bonnaroo, a festival that has grown to draw more than 90,000 fans.

In the midst of the fall portion of its schedule, the band treks its way to Charleston for two nights at the North Charleston Coliseum.

"Charleston is a super community, and we are appreciative of all the support," Ortiz said. "I remember playing Music Farm in our early years. I even remember playing on a dock once.

"The tour is like our sets — it's always different. This tour surpasses any other. We've coupled new songs here and there, so this is the most exciting it's been in a year or so."

"You have to establish a good working relationship with everyone around you," he continued. "We're all like brothers out here. That's the working end of it. Personally, it's kind of like a marriage."

The question remains: How much longer? How many more years can they or will they continue?

"We can say whatever we want to, but you don't know what's really going to happen," said the percussionist. "So, yeah, why not say another 25 years, but if something were to happen, we'd have to re-evaluate things."

Widespread Panic plans fall CD release

Slowly but surely details of a much-anticipated album from Widespread Panic are seemingly becoming clearer as the CD's eventual release draws closer.

The band originally hoped to release the album by year's end. The date, however, was pushed back to spring 2008, and earlier this month the group instead released its first single, "Up All Night," from the as-of-yet untitled project.

In the meantime, the band has agreed on a "working title" for the album. They're just not saying what it is at this time.

"We made a decision last night," said Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz, following the third of three sold-out nights in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The band met with management beforehand and made the decision. "I think we've got one (an album name) pinned down."

Ortiz wouldn't elaborate and, in fact, only became more ambiguous with his comments.

"They gave us a deadline and said you need a title," said Ortiz, when the discussion continued. "I think we have one that we all agree on — the wheels are in motion.

"I just can't say anything. We're going to wait until the official press release comes out."

Recorded earlier this year, the album was produced and mastered by Terry Manning (Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz) and will be the first release with the band's new guitarist, Jimmy Herring (The Allman Brothers Band), who began playing with the band last year.

As fans await further details on the new Widespread effort, the 10th studio album of the group's career, the single is available for free download at www.widespreadpanic.com.