first_imgWidespread Panic – “Old Neighborhood” (partial) On Saturday night, Widespread Panic returned to Ascend Amphitheater and continued to shock and awe the spectators in the tight nook between the bridges, the river, and the downtown Nashville city skyline. As the southern rock behemoths reemerged from the shadows just as the sun was setting, their nonchalant shuffle back on stage gave no hint at the outstanding night of music that was about to unfold.Panic opened the night with the instrumental “The Take Out”, which transitioned into the crowd-favorite “Porch Song”, following the natural progression of the songs on Space Wrangler. A lively, heartwarming “Ain’t Life Grand” got the riled audience in a frenzied shuffle before John Bell mystified on “Old Neighborhood”. JoJo Hermann took lead vocals for a stirring rendition of “Visiting Day” that harnessed energy off Jimmy Herring’s lightning bolt licks until the line “Just drive on up to Thacker Mountain… Up to TENNESSEE!” released all the stored potential into the universe in thrilling fashion.A nod to fellow Georgian musicians followed with a cover of Bloodkin‘s “Makes Sense to Me”, a song of humble acceptance and sweet justice. Next, the band ripped into a psychedelic “Jack” for the first time since Trondossa Festival before breaking things down for a swingin’ “Little Lily” and, finally, closing the set with another uplifting jam, “Climb to Safety”. This song’s lyrics possess a call to brotherhood with the lines “We must grab each others collar, we must rise out of the water; ‘Cause you know as well as I do that it’s no fun to die alone,” and the crowd sang the last portion in unified, honest admittance.When the band returned for their second set, percussionist Sonny Ortiz and drummer Duane Trucks were at the helm, delivering the first “Drums” set opener since 4/24/10 in Raleigh. Sonny and Duane’s percussive barrage morphed into an extended intro to “Barstools & Dreamers”, which included a much sought-after “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” rap. Dave Schools hammered out the jaunty rhythm of “Machine”, which led into a bass-heavy cover of J.J. Cale’s “Travellin’ Light”. The dance-inducing piano lines of “Cotton Was King” provided John Bell with a chance to display his vocal powers before JoJo retook the reins for a “Bust It Big” complete with a unique and noteworthy extended introduction. Schools squeezed his bass guitar like a chef trying to get all the juice out of a lemon during the hypnotizing rhythms of “Second Skin”, which featured a hint of “L.A. Woman” provided by JoJo on keys.The subsequent transitional jam took on a story of its own before reemerging as “Pilgrims”—“if it feels good, we shake!” The music continued without a stop as the second set drew to a close with a violent segue into “Impossible”, which customarily comes directly after “Barstools”. The fervent energy continued with the bass-heavy “Imitation Leather Shoes”, Schools and John Bell in peak form as they fleshed out Kafka’s supernatural short story, “Metamorphisis”. The boys transitioned smoothly from there into a cover of Neil Young’s “Mr. Soul”, originally recorded with Buffalo Springfield in 1967, to close the set.Returning for an encore, the band executed an appropriately feel-good cover of Talking Heads‘ “City of Dreams” (“Right where your standing, the dinosaurs did a dance…”). Finally, to cap their second of three nights in Nashville, the band dove into their homage to Vic Chestnutt with a fiery “Protein Drink / Sewing Machine”.Widespread Panic injected a taste of southern swampy Georgia heat into the hustle and bustle of downtown Nashville’s music scene. No daisy dukes, no giant belt buckles, no cheesy gimmicks, no bullshit, just grit and boot-stompin’ musical annihilation. Widespread Panic returns to Ascend Amphitheater for a final performance tonight. Never miss a Sunday show. See y’all on the lawn!Watch a selection of fan-shot videos from the show below, and listen to a full stream of the performance via PanicStream:Widespread Panic – “Ain’t Life Grand” (partial) Widespread Panic – “Imitation Leather Shoes” (partial) Setlist: Widespread Panic | Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN | 9/1/31Set 1: The Take Out > Porch Song, Ain’t Life Grand, Old Neighborhood, Visiting Day, Makes Sense To Me, Jack, Little Lilly > Climb To Safety (60 mins)Set 2: Drums intro > Barstools & Dreamers^, Machine > Travelin’ Light, Cotton Was King, Bust It Big^^, Second Skin > Jam > Pilgrims > Impossible > Imitation Leather Shoes > Mr Soul (89 mins)Encore: City of Dreams, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine (20 mins)Notes: ^ w/ Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) rap; ^^ w/ extended JoJo solo piano intro Widespread Panic – “Makes Sense To Me” (Bloodkin cover)last_img read more

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder said Sunday he had not spoken to Jermaine Blackwood following his glaring first innings indiscretion that cost him his wicket cheaply, but always knew the dashing right-hander would have a key role to play in any successful run chase to win the opening Test.Blackwood gifted his wicket cheaply for 12 on Friday, smashing an ordinary delivery from off-spinner Dom Bess into mid-off’s lap as West Indies were dismissed for 318 in reply to England’s 204.However, the 28-year-old redeemed himself with an innings of the highest quality here Sunday, laying aside his usually impulsive stroke-play to top-score with 95 as West Indies chased down a target of 200 to pull off a four-wicket win at the Ageas Bowl.“After his first innings dismissal I said nothing to him. He knew what he’d done and he knew he is a better player than what he did in the first innings so there was no need to talk to him,” Holder told a media conference.“I [always] felt he was going to be a crucial player for us in this run chase, him and probably John Campbell because these guys when they get going score relatively quickly and can really swing the tide for us when they form partnerships.“I just said to Jermaine ‘look, just give yourself a chance, give yourself a good chance. See a few balls and then play your game. If you see a ball in your arc and you feel you can put it away, put it away’ because that’s the way he plays.”He continued: “I don’t like to get into complicating players’ heads and congesting their brains with too much information. They’re all responsible enough and know themselves well enough. We’re just here to help one another – lots of these guys in the dressing room help me and help me in significant ways.”The game marked Blackwood’s first start in a Test match in nearly three years after featuring on the Windies’ last tour here in 2017 before being axed later that year.He appeared as a concussion substitute in the second Test against india in Kingston last year when Darren Bravo was forced out of the game, but missed out again thereafter.Blackwood impressed in the recent West Indies first class championship where he plundered nearly 800 runs at an average of 51 and Holder said he had merited his place in the side by the sheer weight of his performances.“To be honest, his case was pretty strong to get back into the team. He scored a double hundred this year in a first class game,” Holder explained.“Unfortunately for me, I haven’t been able to see him bat but his numbers speak for themselves and he’s not a slouch with the bat at this level either.“In comparison to the players we’ve got, he’s still averaging above 30 so he’s done well for us. We just hope he can kick on and make a few more hundreds.”West Indies appeared to be squandering the opportunity to take a 1-0 lead in the series when they slumped to 27 for three before lunch on Sunday’s final day.However, Blackwood repaired the innings, first in a 73-run fourth wicket stand with Roston Chase who made 37, and then in a 68-run fifth wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich who made 20.The victory came on the heels of the Windies’ 2-1 series victory in the Caribbean last year and saw them take a giant stride towards ending a 32-year wait for a series win on English soil“It’s a massive, massive win. To beat England in England is no easy feat,” said Holder, who presided over the Windies’ last win at Leeds three years ago.“We were able to do it last time we were here in 2017 so we all know what the feeling is like but things have changed drastically since then.“They’re a massive, massive unit in their backyard so to start the series this well is very promising for us and we feel very proud about the way we performed.”In fact, Sunday’s victory was in complete contrast to the manner in which West Indies started their last series here in 2017.In a nightmare performance at Edgbaston, West Indies slumped to an innings and 209-run defeat and went on to lose the series despite a revival at Leeds.This time around, Holder said there was an awareness they needed to begin the series strongly.“We want to win every cricket match we play. It doesn’t often work that way but at the end of the day we strive to win every single Test match we step on the park to play,” he stressed.“In the past we haven’t always started series this well and have been made to play catch up but it was always important we started this series well.”last_img read more