Widespread Panic: Cows Come Home
Widespread Panic celebrated its return to the stage last weekend by debuting a handful of new songs and sparring with a special guest. As previously reported, Panic surprised many fans by kicking off its reunion run with ‘Holden Oversoul,’ a number shelved after Michael Houser’s untimely passing. Since then, the sextet has established a pattern of slowly premiering its newest numbers, while also reviving a series of retired fan favorites. On Friday night, Panic offered the new ‘Cows Come Home,’ before encoring with ‘This Part of Town,’ a number out of rotation since July 2, 2002. A night later, Spreadheads were treated to an even rarer number, ‘Dream Song,’ which slipped into retirement in November 2001. In addition, Widespread Panic offered two new compositions: ‘Good People’ and ‘May Your Glass Be Filled.’ At the end of the group’s second set, longtime friend and fellow Georgia resident Chuck Leavell added keyboards to a version of ‘Diner’ and ‘Blackout.’ Widespread Panic’s spring tour will continue at Chattanooga, TN’s Memorial Auditorium. Until then, fans can check out the group’s first three performances at www.LiveWidespreadPanic.com.