photo by Ian Rawn (via Widespread Panic on Facebook)

Widespread Panic kicked off their three-night acoustic run at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on Friday evening, and the band marked the occasion with a number of tunes they hadn’t played in years.

Guitarist/singer John Bell opened up the night with a solo rendition of “Chilly Water,” and Panic got the bustouts started two songs later with their first cover of Neil Young’s “Are You Ready for the Country?” since November 2013. Later in the first set, the group dusted off their tune “New Blue” for the first time since November 2001, a span of nearly 18 years and 1,131 shows. Last night marked just the fourth time Panic had played the song.

Set two kicked off with “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature,” and the band threw in a couple more rarer tunes later in the evening, including the first “Wishbone” since Halloween 2014 and, during the encore, the band’s first cover of The Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Live Away” since April 2014.

Check out the full setlist below, along with a couple fan-shot videos from the night. Widespread Panic return to the Ryman stage tonight for round two of three. All of the Nashville run shows are being offered to fans via a free stream here.

Widespread Panic
Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

Set I: Chilly Water^, Jack, Are You Ready For The Country?*, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Can’t Get High, Old Joe, New Blue+, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Space Wrangler

Set II: No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature, One Arm Steve, Holden Oversoul > Weak Brain, Narrow Mind, Gimme, Wishbone#, Driving Song > Tickle The Truth > Driving Song, The Take Out > Porch Song

Enc: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away$, North

Notes: ^ John Bell solo
* last time played 11/12/13
+ last time played 11/20/01
# last time played 10/31/14
$ last time played 4/01/14