Mud Island 1997 - On the Humid, Hot, Flooding Mississippi
My brother flew down from Alaska to spend a couple weeks with me and Lisa in Chicago and during that time Panic was playing in Memphis so of course we had to drive down. As a fifteen year old kid living in Palmer, AK Daniel had never seen Widespread and he was staying with me at the height of my touring career with the band. I think I saw 32 shows that year... something like that.
In any case, my brother and I had a great time at these shows driving together in the car, checking out Graceland and grooving to the Panic. This trip ranks as one of the most memorable I've had in my storied (if only in my own mind) career as a fan.
This past weekend was the 2006 Widespread Panic Red Rocks run and the situation has changed. I have a house and a kid and a 'real' job and my brother is now the one that is out on tour. He drove from Oregon to go to Waukarusa and Bonnaroo partly in support of the Ice Cream Man. Ice Cream Man is a guy/organization that distributes FREE ICE CREAM a festivals around the country and takes pictures of everything and posts those pics to his website Ice Cream Man.com
On his way back from Bonnaroo he visited Lisa, Jackson and I. He was planning on attending the Friday Panic show at the Rocks. Saturday morning thought better of leaving in the face of being able to see another show by the accomplished band at the esteemed venue and stuck around. Sunday he woke up at 8:30 and was on the road by 9:15 for the 18 hour drive back to Oregon so he could teach on Monday morning! STUD.
In any case, this podcast is a long distance dedication to my amazing younger brother - I am proud to call you my brother even if you think I'm a "nerd!"
Mud Island, Memphis, TN July 19, 1997
Jack, Rebirtha into Arlene
Junior* into End of the Show**
* with Warren Haynes
** with Danny and Eric from Bloodkin and Warren Haynes
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Everyday Companion Podcast #8