Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic

27 years ago this week, a singer everyone called J.B., a bass-playing future journalism school dropout and a guitarist nicknamed Panic for his bouts with anxiety went looking for a drummer for their next gig.

After striking out with the usual suspects around Athens, Georgia, the three friends made an eleventh-hour call to a high-school band mate of the guitar player living in Atlanta, thinking he might still have his kit handy.

A few days later, Todd Nance rolled up to the house at 320 King Avenue shared by John Bell, Michael Houser... more