Watch Edie Jackson Sign Widespread Panic’s ‘Tall Boy’ In 2013
For well over a decade, American Sign Language interpreter Edie Jackson has been working with Widespread Panic as a service for deaf patrons at their concerts. Panic unveiled video of “Tall Boy” from a 2013 concert in Charleston, South Carolina showing Jackson signing the lyrics for the song.
Jackson’s relationship with Panic started after a request from a hard of hearing fan attending one of the band’s 2007 concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Edie has been a frequent presence at the sextet’s shows ever since.
“Tall Boy” was debuted live by Widespread Panic on August 3, 1995 and has been played a total of 475 times. On October 5, 2013, the band kicked off their second set at the Family Circle Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina with the song. Members of Umphrey's McGee collaborated with Panic later in the night.
“Ms Edie Jackson ladies and gentlemen for people who are easy of seeing,” WSP’s John Bell quipped in Charleston before the band kicked into “Tall Boy.” See Edie Jackson interpret “Tall Boy” on October 5, 2013 below via the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA):
Watch a profile on Jackson that aired in 2016 on NBC’s Today show:
[Hat Tip – Live For Live Music]