A chilled-out look at the road rigs of guitarists Jimmy Herring and John “JB” Bell, and bassist Dave Schools—32 years after the legendary jam band’s first gig in Athens, Georgia.

Premier Guitar’s Ted Drozdowski met with virtuoso Jimmy Herring, frontman John “JB” Bell, and techs Joel Byron and Paul Agostino before the second of three dates at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater to get the scoop on how Widespread Panic’s string-stretchers get their sounds.

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