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Listen to “Driving Song” from the new Widespread Panic live archival release ‘Porch Songs: Tipitina’s 1992.’
Widespread Panic unveiled audio of “Wondering” from their latest live archival release, ‘Porch Songs: Mobile 1996.’
Widespread Panic and winter sports company Meier have teamed up on an exclusive line of skis and snowboards inspired by the band.
Dave Schools of Widespread Panic curated a 21-track Spotify playlist featuring 21 songs with bass lines that influenced and perplexed him as a youngster.
The 38th installment of Widespread Panic’s ‘Porch Songs’ live archival series features an official recording of the band’s visit to Mobile, Alabama in 1996.
Georgia’s own Widespread Panic will celebrate the end of 2018 and ring in 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
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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.
The lineup for the 30th annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, which is expanded to two nights in 2018, has been revealed.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band started rolling out plans for Winter Tour 2019 including a series of multi-night runs.
Chicago-based sextet Umphrey’s McGee confirmed the Wax On, Wax Off Winter Tour 2019.
Phish Fall Tour 2018 webcasts include multi-night runs in Hampton, Rosemont and Las Vegas.
Tedeschi Trucks Band closed out their six-show Beacon Theatre run with help from Warren Haynes. Listen to full-show audio of their final night their residency.