Photo by Ian Rawn via @widespreadpanichq on Instagram
After playing a number of bustouts on Friday night, Widespread Panic continued their acoustic run at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday, welcoming rising star Billy Strings for five tunes.
WSP opened their second of three nights with an unplugged version of “I’m Not Alone,” and after reprising “Geraldine and the Honeybee” for the first time since February 2012 (show gap: 396), they surprised fans by welcoming Strings onstage for a jam on “There Is A Time”> “Blackout Blues” to close the first half. (Strings sang on the first tune, and remained exclusively on guitar for the rest of his appearances.)
Widespread Panic’s John Bell picked up a banjo for a solo version of “Ribs and Whiskey” to kick off the second set, and Strings emerged once again midway through the offering to play guitar on versions of “Chuck of Coal,” “Airplane” and “Ride Me High.”
Widespread Panic closed their evening at the Ryman with “Vacation” and “Ain’t Life Grand,” before encoring with “When You Coming Home” (last played: 4/1/14) and “Heart of Gold” (last played: 6/25/16).
Check out the full setlist below, along with a couple fan-shot videos from the Saturday night show. Widespread Panic return to the Ryman stage Sunday for their final show of three. All of the Nashville run shows are being offered to fans via a free stream here.
Aug. 24, 2019
Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
Set I: I’m Not Alone, Makes Sense To Me, Happy, Geraldine and the Honeybee, Gradle, Wondering, Heaven, There Is A Time* > Blackout Blues**
Set II: Ribs and Whiskey***, Imitation Leather Shoes****, Big Wooly Mammoth > Blue Indian, Chunk of Coal, Airplane > Ride Me High**, Vacation, Ain’t Life Grand***** (74 mins)
Enc: When You Coming Home, Heart of Gold (12 mins)
* w/ Billy Strings on guitar and vocals
** w/ Billy Strings on guitar
*** w/ JB solo on banjo (Milk and Cookies / Silent Night version)
**** w/ JB (vocals only), JoJo, and Sunny
*****w/ JB on mandolin
“Geraldine and the Honeybee” LTP 2/17/12 Aspen (396 shows)
“When You Coming Home’ LTP 4/01/14 TRI Studios (297 shows)
‘Heart of Gold’ LTP 6/25/16 Red Rocks (132 shows)