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Michael Houser was so important to Widespread Panic he helped give the band its name and provided a number of its most memorable songs.
Listen to “Holden Oversoul” from Widespread Panic’s ‘Knoxville 1995’ multi-track archival release due out Friday.
The latest installment in Widespread Panic’s multi-track archival release series is a show from Knoxville, Tennessee in 1995.
Widespread Panic closed out a two-night run in Memphis with a jam-heavy second set and a guest spot.
Sunday’s Widespread Panic matinee at Red Rocks saw the band fit in a pair of rarities among plenty of staples at the famed venue.
Widespread Panic hit the midway point of their Red Rocks run serving up a kid-themed set and busting out a long-lost tune for the first time since 2002.
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About John Bell
John Farmer Bell is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the American rock band Widespread Panic, where he is known for his raspy southern drawl that hits a variety of octaves. He is frequently called JB by fans.
Bell grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from University School in 1980. He attended the University of Georgia when he, Michael Houser, and Dave Schools met while Houser was playing at an open mic night. “Panic,” as Houser was nicknamed, began playing with JB and Schools at local Athens, GA clubs, playing mostly cover songs.
John Bell is an active philanthropist, most notably as an advocate for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Bell has helped raise over $2 million for SMA research, mostly through his involvement with “Hannah’s Buddies”. The foundation is named for Bell’s goddaughter and niece, who lives with SMA. Bell is involved in an annual fundraiser featuring a golf tournament and evening concert by “JB and Friends,” featuring John Bell solo, as well as performing with guests. Guest performers at the benefit have included Col. Bruce Hampton, Vic Chesnutt, John Keane, and Bloodkin, as well as Grammy Award winner Robert Randolph and the Family Band and the North Mississippi Allstars, and Nickel and the Polar Bears. He has also performed at various Habitat for Humanity benefit concerts put on by Warren Haynes.
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham will release a collection of solo gems and will embark on an extensive North American Tour this fall.
Dead & Company will return to Mexico in January for the second annual installment of Playing In The Sand.
Chad Berndtson interviews Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias about the band’s upcoming new album, touring, collaborating and more – including meeting Keith Richards.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will embark on an extensive U.S. Tour this fall.
Here’s the setlist, a recap of what went down and The Skinny stats from Sunday’s Phish show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.