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Widespread Panic Wants 20 More Years

Of the Oakland Press

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Being together 20 years hasn’t exactly scared the members of Widespread Panic, but it has given the Georgia band pause.

“Well, you just sit and think about it,” says drummer Todd Nance. “You think, ‘Jesus, that’s been a long time.’ Then you think that you want to do it for another 20 years.”

The group has kicked off its next two decades with “Earth to America,” Widespread’s fi rst new studio album in three years and a markedly different enterprise than its predecessors. The group opted to work with new producer Terry Manning rather than longtime colleague John Keane. And it got outside of its Athens, Ga., base to make the album at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.

“We were kind of looking for a change of pace,” explains Nance, 43. “In a lot of ways it was like going back to our early days. We all lived together in a house on the beach; we’d get up, have breakfast, go to the studio and work all day, come back and have dinner, go to the studio, sleep ...

“That’s what we did for four weeks straight — just get in a room together and play. Well, we went fi shing one day, but mostly it was just eating, sleeping and making music.”

Widespread Panic performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday (October 20th) at the State Theatre, 2150 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $30-$40. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit

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