Watch Widespread Panic Perform ‘Arleen’ With Randall Bramblett At 25th Anniversary Run In 2011
Widespread Panic unveiled pro-shot video featuring an extended cover of “Arleen” that saw the band joined by multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett on saxophone. The 24-minute “Arleen” came during the second set at the Classic Center in Athens on February 10, 2011 — opening night of a run celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary.
Randall Bramblett has a long history of sitting-in with Widespread Panic that dates back to January 2, 1998 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Bramblett has since made 57 additional appearances with the sextet through New Year’s Eve 2016 in Nashville as per Everyday Companion.
Reggae artist General Echo originally recorded “Arleen,” a song penned by producer Winston Riley. Everyday Companion notes Panic learned their version from Cleveland-based reggae group I-Tal.
Widespread Panic debuted “Arleen” live on July 15, 1987. The song has been played a total of 219 times through January 25, 2020. “Arleen” usually features an improvised rap from guitarist John Bell and the version in Athens is no exception.
Check out Panic’s “Arleen” from February 10, 2011 below: