#44531  by Jon S.
 Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:11 pm
"To me, the first thing to keep in mind when stepping in for someone like Dickey Betts, Jerry Garcia, or Michael Houser is to start where they left off. I begin by just listening to the tunes and making bar charts to learn the form. Finally, I go back and shed the chord changes and guitar melodies. Once I've absorbed all that, I can begin to bring in my own voice. The great guitarists I've succeeded, the other band members, and the fans - none of them would want me to just cop what's already been done. There's a fine line between copying someone and tipping to your to them. I stay within the kingdom of what's gone before me, but still try to build on the legacy that's there. Fans of the Dead, the Allmans, and Widespread come back to the shows year after year because they expect to hear the music evolve."

GP, July 2008, pg. 108
Well put. P.S. Jazz is Dead: gotta love it!

 #44543  by weirimpressed
 Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:17 pm
thats so true, jimmy is the fucking MAN

look at widespread panic the band, even John Bell has been talking about Jimmys work ethic in defining his sound in a band that already has a distinct sound, he talks about having to change chord structures and such, and has said that jimmy is kinda forcing the band as a whole to start looking at the whole thing in a different light. i love it.

 #44572  by warrenMFKNhaynes
 Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:42 pm
i think Jimmy at first with panic was soloing too hard on every song, but lately i think he has adapted to panic more, and has begun to understand the songs better.