Widespread Panic Enters the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
On Saturday, Widespread Panic was inducted in the prestigious Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The jam-titans were formally inducted at the Georgia World Congress Center by area-keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who has long served as something of a mentor to the group. During his induction speech, Leavell—-who first sat in with the group in 1991 and appears on Live in the Classic City—-used Widespread Panic as an example that you can be successful by doing things your own way.’ John Bell then offered a few heartfelt words, nodding to both fallen guitarist Michael Houser and his most recent replacement, Jimmy Herring.
Appropriately enough, the group also ran through both Up All Night and its classic Aint Life Grand while dressed in suits and jackets. The evenings other inductions included rapper Ludacris, R&B singer Keith King Bee Sweat, DJ Hamp Swain and instrument manufacturers Fred and Dinah Gretsch. Widespread Panic will open its fall tour on October 10 at Austin, TXs The Backyard.