Widespread Panic’s Spring Tour of 1997 was one of the best, if not the best, tours in the history of the band according to the likes of…well…me. Thankfully many of the band’s shows from this tour circulate as soundboards including a super-crispy recording from Louisville’s Palace Theater on May 7, 1997. That hasn’t stopped Widespread Panic from putting out their tapes from the show as the latest Porch Songs archival release.
[Photo via Widespread Panic Archives Blog]
This 11th installment of the Porch Songs series features incendiary playing from every member of the band as they work through classics such as Barstools & Dreamers, Fishwater and Papa’s Home as well as rarities such as Galleon and B of D, plus an assortment of fantastic covers such as Neil Young’s Walk On and Dr. John’s I Walk On Guilded Splinters. A standout moment comes in set two with a well-jammed, 15-minute take on Michael Houser’s Airplane which leads into the debut of what’s now known as Party At Your Mama’s House but was then untitled. Porch Songs – Louisville ’97 is available now in a variety of formats.