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Driving Songs Vol. III: Spring 2008
SET ONE
1.
Porch Song
2.
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
3.
Gimme
4.
Boro Jam
5.
Ophelia
6.
Bust It Big
7.
Flat Foot Flewzy
8.
Fishwater
9.
Let It Rock
10.
Take Off Jam
11.
Driving Song
12.
Surprise Valley
13.
Heaven
14.
Driving Song
15.
Pilgrims
16.
Her Dance Needs No Body
17.
Protein Drink
18.
Sewing Machine
19.
Don't Be Denied
20.
Ribs and Whiskey
21.
Sleepy Monkey
22.
Heathen
23.
Goin' Out West
Show Notes
  • Let’s do something different this time. Instead of just taking one song from each show let’s just take take a bunch of the good stuff and throw it all together. No particular order. No theme. No rules. Sound good? Well, I hope so cause that’s what I did with this one!

    I typically think of spring tours as a way for the band and the crew (and you too actually) to shake the rust off and get back in gig shape. It’s nearly impossible to expect to be hitting on all cylinders right out of the box, particularly when you’ve been idle for a winter. I’ve seen it before where you can go the whole spring run and never quite feel that things clicked as a whole. Moments here and there might be special, but as a whole…it just takes a while. The touring year is most definitely an endurance test and finding and setting a pace is important in the beginning too. It’s okay to stumble a bit so long as you find your feet eventually, right? But on this one…well, I think we forgot to tell the band about all that because they were in a full on, mid season form sprint only a couple of shows in. I won’t say when but I knew the exact moment at the exact show when it was apparent that things had already taken shape and it was on. Just seeing them get it together so quickly would have been enough to constitute a successful tour in my book, but they weren’t done. About halfway through the tour I found myself looking at the setlists on the way to front of house (that’s where the console is) thinking “damn…what’s this all about?!”. The setlists started to look, um, different? Something about their structure, their layout and, in spots, their content just changed. A conscious effort to bring about change or, just like so many things in Widespread Panic land, a change that just happened? Who knows, who cares. It worked. I mean it REALLY worked. Needless to say there was no shortage of material to pull from for Driving Songs III. Give it a listen and try to catch your breath, we’ll be back on the road before ya know it!

    See ya there,

    Chris Rabold
    Athens, GA
    May 2008
  • TRACK LISTING:

    DISC ONE  
    Porch Song 4/19/08 Orange Beach, AL
    No Sugar Tonight/
    New Mother Nature
    4/13/08 Chicago, IL
    Gimme 4/22/08 Savannah, GA
    Boro Jam 4/16/08 Murfreesboro, TN
    Ophelia 4/29/08 Columbia, SC
    Bust It Big 4/12/08 Chicago, IL
    Flat Foot Flewzy 5/3/08 Dallas, TX
    Fishwater 4/1/08 Washington, DC
    DISC TWO  
    Let It Rock 5/2/08 Houston, TX
    Take Off Jam 4/5/08 New York, NY
    Driving Song> 4/26/08 Raleigh, NC
    Suprise Valley> 4/26/08 Raleigh, NC
    Drums> 4/26/08 Raleigh, NC
    Surprise Valley> 4/26/08 Raleigh, NC
    Heaven> 4/26/08 Raleigh, NC
    Driving Song 4/26/08 Raleigh, NC
    Pilgrims 4/20/08 Orange Beach, AL
    DISC THREE  
    Her Dance Needs
    No Body
    5/1/08 New Orleans, LA
    Protein Drink> 4/4/08 New York, NY
    Sewing Machine 4/4/08 New York, NY
    Don't Be Denied 4/19/08 Orange Beach, AL
    Ribs and Whiskey 5/3/08 Da