Happy birthday to John Bell, the beloved frontman for Widespread Panic! Since Widespread Panic’s early beginnings when JB and the band’s late founding lead guitarist, Michael Houser, first met in a dorm at the University of Georgia in 1986, John Bell has been a pioneering force leading Widespread Panic. In the three decades since, Widespread Panic has become one of the largest bands in the jam band scene, earning fans across the nation for their tight-laced improvisations, Southern rock roots, and high-caliber musicianship. In celebration of Bell’s 56th birthday today, check out a compilation of some of our favorite JB raps from over the years. Enjoy!

“Let It Rock” – Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Pelham, AL – 7/27/2001

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“Bowlegged Woman” – UNO Lakefront Arena – New Orleans, LA – 10/27/2001

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“Arleen” – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC – 4/26/2008

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“Diner” – Amphitheater at the Wharf – Orange Beach, AL – 4/19/2009

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“Hatfield” – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK – 5/1/2010

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“Barstools” – Amphitheater at the Wharf – Orange Beach, AL – 5/7/2010

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“Bowlegged Woman” – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – 6/30/2013

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“Diner” – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – 6/27/2015

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