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Widespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And More On New Podcast Episode

Live For Live Music is proud to present the newest episode of our Inside Out with Turner and Seth, an extensive installation that sees hosts Seth Weiner and Rob Turner featuring conversations with Reid Anderson of The Bad PlusJohn “JoJo” Hermann of Widespread Panic, and several core members of Deer Tick. Thanks to episodic engineer Josh Thane‘s (Wonder Dog Sound Studios) tireless work pulling together audio bytes from across the Internet and our own archives, this installment–the show’s 30th–is one of the show’s most involved offerings to date. You can listen to the latest episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out With Turner And Seth below:

First, bassist Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus, Orange Then Blue) calls in for a quick chat and talks about the band’s career, including what led up their collaboration, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. ”It started with (Redman) as our special guest playing our original music, and then evolved into this…band.”  Anderson says, “He’s a great musician and it was absolutely a pleasure to play with him.”  He also talks about preparations for their upcoming shows with Bill Frisell, his bandmate Ethan’s blog, how the band selected covers for their It’s Hard and For All I Care releases, and the differences between playing to European and American audiences.

Next, Rob and Seth sit down with Widespread Panic keyboardist John “Jojo” Hermann to discuss Hermann’s new band Slim Wednesday, his choice to resurrect Panic’s “Daisy Mae,” recording at Diamond Street Studios in Atlanta, playing “Stagger Lee” with Colonel Bruce Hampton on JamCruise, upcoming downtime for songwriting and side projects, and a planned basketball tournament at next year’s Panic en la Playa. Hermann also talks about his days in New York City in the 80s, including the time he met the legendary writer Robert Palmer (Deep Blues, The World According to John Coltrane), who would encourage the Professor Longhair-admiring Hermann to move to Mississippi. Hermann speaks about how creating his own gig at an Oxford club would ultimately lead him to becoming a member of Beanland  [“Rob Laird (drummer, Beanland)…came in and heard me playin’, and Beanland was playing down the street and he invited me to come and sit in.”] Hermann reflects on his days with Beanland and early days with Widespread Panic – including how a gift from Freddie Jones Band would lead to one of Widespread Panic’s signature sounds. Jojo also shares his memories of playing with Art Neville, getting kicked out of shows, and how he ended up using a piano he found in the Bahamian woods for the studio recording of “Ribs and Whiskey.”

Finally, the listener becomes a fly on the wall on one of “Weiner’s Poolside Chats” from Mexico. This one features Deer Tick members John McCauley, Ian O’Neil, Dennis Ryan and Chris Ryan sharing various insights while being interviewed by Weiner’s alter ego “LL Pool-J.” The guys chat with Seth about their upcoming double LP,the sense of community between bands in their musical circle, sweaty clubs, their favorite festivals, and more.

[Cover photo via Josh Timmermans]


Live For Live Music Presents: The Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast is slowly but surely earning a reputation for delivering some of the most unique and in-depth music interviews in cyber-land. The program serves up behind-the-scenes “industry” perspectives mixed with journalistic points of view and fan input to thoroughly tackle the vast world of organic music–with a pile of laughs mixed in for good measure.

**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloudiTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**