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Widespread Panic: Über Cobra

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (p.146) - 3 stars out of 5 - "More live music by the most soulful band in jam-band nation."

Album Notes

Though Phish is generally considered the official inheritor of the Grateful Dead jam-band mantle, Widespread Panic is perhaps the most direct musical descendent of Jerry Garcia and crew. With its strong country and blues influences, good-time party vibe, inspired choice of cover tunes, and charmingly shambling jamming style, the Athens, Georgia-based combo possesses many of the same rootsy ingredients that made the Dead so much fun.

UBER COBRA is a particularly laid-back offering, capturing the band live and acoustic in a relatively intimate setting (at the House of Blues club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) in front of a particularly joyous crowd. Leader John Bell lends his trademark sandpaper vocals to a mix of choice originals and numbers by venerable songwriters both world-famous (Neil Young, David Byrne) and lesser known (Willis Alan Ramsey, Vic Chesnutt). Throughout, the band interprets the material with an engaging mix of Deep South soulful feeling and sawdust-and-whiskey irreverence.


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