Widespread Panic Releases ‘Porch Songs: Koblenz 1998’

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Veteran jam act Widespread Panic continues to mine their archives for gems. The latest release comes from one of two 1998 trips to Europe the band made. Porch Songs: Koblenz 1998 was recorded on June 21, 1998 at the Loreley Open Air Stage in Koblenz, Germany.

Panic performed one lone set on June 21, 1998 as part of the Rockpalast Open Air Festival. Santana, Meredith Brooks and Dave Matthews Band were among the other acts that played the festival that day. The new installment of Porch Songs is the 37th volume of the live archival series featuring digitally formatted two-track recordings taken straight from the soundboard.

Guitarists Michael Houser and John Bell, keyboardist JoJo Hermann, percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz, bassist Dave Schools and drummer Todd Nance opened with a cover of JJ Cale’s “Travelin’ Light” following an introduction in both German and English. The band went on to treat festival-goers to a batch of staples including “Pigeons,” “Makes Sense To Me,” “Dyin’ Man” and “Porch Song” as the set rolled on.

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While Panic stuck to short-but-sweet versions throughout their performance, they did extend “Fishwater” nicely. The sextet ended the set with a raucous “Blackout Blues” led by Hermann. Porch Songs: Koblenz 1998 is currently available for purchase via LiveWidespreadPanic.com and for streaming through nugs.net’s subscription service.

Listen to the “Travelin’ Light” opener from Porch Songs: Koblenz 1998:

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Setlist (via Everyday Companion)

Set: Travelin’ Light, Pigeons, Makes Sense To Me, Dyin’ Man, Porch Song, Hope In A Hopeless World, Ain’t Life Grand, Fishwater, Blackout Blues

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