Listen To The Biggest Bust Out In Widespread Panic History

By Scott Bernstein Jul 13, 2016 7:17 am PDT

On Sunday night Georgia rockers Widespread Panic concluded a three-night stand at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas that featured collaborations with Dirty Dozen Brass Band at each show. Sunday’s concert was also notable for containing the biggest bust out in Widespread Panic history as far as gaps between performances.

After opening with “One Arm Steve,” “Machine” and “Barstools & Dreamers,” WSP lit into “The Last Straw” off their 1991 self-titled studio album, aka “Mom’s Kitchen.” As the “Last Straw” jam started, guitarist Jimmy Herring started throwing licks from The Allman Brothers Band’s “Mountain Jam” into the mix. Herring’s mates quickly followed along and we had a full-on “Mountain Jam,” marking Widespread Panic’s first performance of the tune since April 27, 1988 – a span of 2,744 shows – which makes it the biggest bust out in the band’s 30-year history. And not only did Panic play “Mountain Jam,” but they crushed it for nearly 10 minutes.

Both essential Widespread Panic fan sites Everyday Companion and PanicStream noted the 2,744 show gap as this wasn’t just a tease, it was a real “Mountain Jam.” Listen to a recording of “The Last Straw” > “Mountain Jam” taped by Todd Hodulik and shared by PanicStream:

The Allman Brothers Band based the instrumental “Mountain Jam” on the theme from Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain,” a song the Grateful Dead liked to tease in the late ’60s and early ’70s. It was a staple of the ABB’s late ’60s and early ’70s shows as it displayed the massive skills of bassist Berry Oakley, guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts as well as the band’s drumming duo of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks. The Allmans were known to expand “Mountain Jam” up to an hour in length during that time period.

“Mountain Jam” disappeared from ABB setlists for a long period until the group revived the song in the Summer of 2000. The Allman Brothers Band’s Summer Tour 2000 was the only tour to feature current Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring as part of the ABB lineup. Nearly every night of the run Jimmy and Derek Trucks took “Mountain Jam” deep and one 30+ minute version led Gregg Allman to reportedly tell his band mates, “OK, who’s the fucking Phish fan? That was too much.”

Loading tour dates

JamBase Collections