Entertainment Weekly - p.67
"[T]he breezy funk of 'Angels on High is a peach good enough to eat."
Q (Magazine) - p.1413 stars out of 5
-- "'Boom Boom Boom,' 'Her Dance Needs No Body' and 'Up All Night' are the work of fertile minds."
Harp (magazine) (p.119) - "Frontman John Bell has never sounded better, his trademark tenor growl and howl in full effect."
Widespread Panic: John Bell (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jimmy Herring (guitars, background vocals); Dave Schools (bass guitar, background vocals); Domingo Ortiz (percussion, background vocals); John Hermann, Todd Nance (background vocals).
Personnel: Jimmy Herring (guitar); Bruce Hoffman (fiddle); Terry Manning (cello, harmonica, valve trombone); Jawara Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Hermann (keyboards); Todd Nance (drums); Brenda Barnett, Sandra Rhodes, Charles Chalmers (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Bruce Hoffman (fiddle); The Compass Point Orchestra (strings, woodwinds); Tino Richardson (saxophone); Charles Chalmers (tenor saxophone); Joel Johanson (baritone saxophone); Rookie Fisher (trumpet); Terry Manning (background vocals); Jawara Adams, Brenda Barnett, Sandra Rhodes.
Audio Mixer: Terry Manning.
Recording information: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
Seventeen albums into their career, pioneering jam band Widespread Panic change things up just slightly on FREE SOMEHOW. The band's first album featuring songs written largely in the studio and not worked out during their legendary marathon tours, FREE SOMEHOW consciously evokes the sound of 1970s hard rock. Produced by Terry Manning, whose credits run from Memphis power pop kings Big Star all the way to Led Zeppelin, and featuring new guitarist Jimmy Herring, who had previously worked with members of the various Grateful Dead offshoots, FREE SOMEHOW is Widespread Panic's most roots-conscious recording. Still, songs like the epic workouts "Her Dance Needs No Body" and "Angels On High" retain the band's loose, exploratory charm.