Widespread Panic | Earth to America
Twenty-some years and nine studio albums into a semi-legendary career, Widespread Panic are still finding new ground to break. Earth To America is a signature powerhouse blend of bourbon-soaked boogie, deep country blues and space-shot improvisation. From the string-section grandeur of "Second Skin" to the horn-led disco rock of "Goodpeople" to the barrelhouse piano swing of "Ribs and Whiskey," WSP use studio tricks to maximum effect. Burdened by the demeaning "jam band" moniker, they might never get their due as one of the great American rock 'n' roll acts of this generation. - J. Zwickel

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