Don't Tell the Band

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Don't Tell the Band
Studio album by Widespread Panic
Released June 19, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre Rock, southern rock, jam
Length 82:33
Label Widespread Records, Sanctuary Records
Producer John Keane, Widespread Panic
Widespread Panic chronology
Another Joyous Occasion
Don't Tell the Band
Live in the Classic City
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone(Not Rated) [2]

Don't Tell the Band, is the seventh studio album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was released on June 19, 2001 in two forms, a single disc and a double disc release. It was the second release through the band's own label, Widespread Records, in conjunction with UK-based label Sanctuary Records. The album covered a wide variety of styles, from rock to Latin and grunge to soul, yet did not depart from this jam band's signature sound.

Randall Bramblett, a solo musician and member of Steve Winwood's touring band, joined Widespread Panic on the tenor saxophone for a cover of Firehose's Sometimes. Big Wooly Mammoth, a long-time crowd favorite sung by John "JoJo" Herman, was finally brought to the studio for this release. Unknown at the time, this would be Michael Houser's last studio album with Widespread Panic, before his cancer-related death in 2002.

Songs from Disc Two comprise the first five tracks of the band's June 2002 release Live in the Classic City and are from the opening of the band's April 1, 2000 performance at the Classic Center Theater in Athens, GA. Track 1, "Action Man," appears in its original instrumental form unlike the album version, which contains lyrics. The songs "Action Man" & "Give" also appeared in the EA Sports video game NASCAR 2001.

The album reached a peak position of #57 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also reached a peak position of #12 on the Top Internet Albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Widespread Panic unless otherwise noted.

Disc One
1."Little Lily" 05:07
2."Give" 03:29
3."Imitation Leather Shoes" 04:15
4."This Part of Town" 05:20
5."Sometimes"Ed Crawford03:32
6."Thought Sausage" 04:39
7."Down" 03:52
8."Big Wolly Mammoth/Tears of a Woman" 06:45
9."Casa del Grillo" 06:30
10."Old Joe" 03:50
11."Action Man" 04:30
12."Don't Tell the Band" 04:11
Total length:56:06
Disc Two
1."Action Man" 04:25
2."Chilly Water, Part I" 04:02
3."Pleas" 09:34
4."Chilly Water, Part II" 02:29
5."C. Brown"John Keane, Pedal Steel Guitar05:55
Total length:26:27


Widespread Panic

Guest Performers


  • John Keane - engineer, Mixing
  • Ken Love - mastering
  • Doug Trantow - engineer, Mixing
  • Flournoy Holmes - artwork, Design


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