Inspired by the comments from last week’s Sevens entry on David Bromberg’s “Sharon,” may we present “Let’s Get The Show On The Road Again.” A number of you noted that Widespread Panic covers “Sharon,” and how the band have a long tradition of introducing interesting and varied covers to their live stable. Indeed they do. Over the past fourteen years I have seen the band cover artists as disparate as fIrehose, Talking Heads, The Meters, Bill Withers, Neil Young, Vic Chesnutt, Tom Waits, etc.
One track I most definitely have Panic to thank for turning me onto is Michael Stanley Band’s “Let’s Get The Show On The Road Again,” a track that, after checking, the band has covered almost every year since 1985. Admittedly, I know virtually nothing about Michael Stanley (Cleveland’s answer to Bob Seeger?), or his band, but the tune grabbed me over a decade ago after first hearing J.B. impart the opening lines. They sound both like an invitation and a warning. Lyrically, and instrumentally, the tune conveys a seedy, tired, and foreboding view of 1970s excess, success and easy hubris.
Also: Since we’re on the subject, here’s two tracks from one of my favorite wsp shows from April 3, 1996.
MP3: Michael Stanley Band :: Let’s Get The Show On The Road Again
Amazon: Michael Stanley Band – Right Back at Ya (1971-1983)
After the jump: Since we’re on the subject; 2 tracks from wsp, April 3, 1996.