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Widespread Panic: Til the Medicine Takes (Capricorn)

Richard Gehr, Spin, September 1999

DOES ANY musical style beg more loudly for a swift kick in the boot-cut Levis than Southern-fried boogie? Or is the tradition of such bands as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band just too grizzled to mess with? (Jon Spencer, please come to the white discourtesy phone.) If someone has to roll the redneck-rock four-by-four, Athens, Georgia's Widespread Panic could well be the yahoos to do it. Alongside ye olde Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule, they complete a Southern triad of loud, bluesy jam bands equally partial to both a shot and a shroom.

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