Widespread Panic Street Dogs on 2LP
Street Dogs is the long-awaited twelfth studio album from seminal Athens, GA jam band Widespread Panic. The group recorded Street Dogs as a band, live in the studio, for the first time. The result is the most fun the veteran sextet has had making an album, which is apparent upon first listen. Widespread Panic's large and loyal legion of fans have waited five years, since the release of 2010's critically acclaimed Dirty Side Down, for a new offering from the group, and the 10 tracks on Street Dogs are sure to reward their patience, and likely turn on a few more.
For almost 30 years, Widespread Panic has been known for their masterful improvisational style, but their core has always been built around songwriting. Incorporating a vast range of styles, Panic's songs run the gamut from compelling narratives to poignant ballads to southern blues to progressive jazz and rock. Street Dogs is a testament to how a veteran band can remain vibrant, relevant and continue to progress.
The folk/jazz infused "Angels Don't Sing The Blues," the flowing "Poorhouse of Positive Thinking," the boogie blues of "Street Dogs for Breakfast" and the epic New Orleans inspired "Cease Fire," with it's Radiohead-like interlude, have a swing and a swagger that runs through much of the album. Panic's rock and blues roots shine brightly on renditions of Alan Price's "Sell Sell," Murray McLauchlan's "Honky Red" and Willie Dixon's "Taildragger," made famous by Howlin' Wolf.
Street Dogs was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with long time friend and producer John Keane at the helm. Drummer Duane Trucks (Hard Working Americans), who has been performing with the band on the road since late-2014, sat in for the Street Dogs recordings. Widespread Panic's music and live shows have become a rite of passage for multiple generations who continue to pack venues and follow the band throughout the U.S. Street Dogs is a clear indication that this group will continue to push the creative envelope and is nowhere near slowing down.