Ain't Life Grand (Widespread Panic album)

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Ain't Life Grand
Studio album by Widespread Panic
Released September 6, 1994
Genre Rock, southern rock, jam
Length 57:38
Label Capricorn Records
Producer John Keane
Widespread Panic chronology
Ain't Life Grand
Bombs & Butterflies
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Ain't Life Grand is the fourth studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. The band held a CD release party at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta on August 28, 1994. It was first released to the public by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on September 6, 1994. It would later be re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. On July 3, 2014 the band announced that Ain't Life Grand would be reissued on Vinyl in August, 2014.[2] The reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores.

The band got minor airplay for their cover of Bloodkin's "Can't Get High," as well as their own "Airplane." They also performed the song Ain't Life Grand at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA for Good Morning America.

The band begun rehearsing for the album by recording pre-recording sessions at John Keane's home studio like their first album, Space Wrangler. They were so pleased with the results that they decided to use the sessions for Ain't Life Grand instead of going into the studio on a future date with their producer Johnny Sandlin.

The album reached a peak position of #84 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Widespread Panic except where otherwise noted.

  1. "Little Kin" – 5:04
  2. "Ain't Life Grand" – 4:48
  3. "Airplane" – 4:11
  4. "Can't Get High" (Carter/Hutchens) – 3:49
  5. "Heroes" – 5:06
  6. "Raise the Roof" – 4:44
  7. "Junior" (Kimbrough/Spring) – 4:34
  8. "L.A." – 4:12
  9. "Blackout Blues" – 5:17
  10. "Jack" – 7:06
  11. "Fishwater" – 6:10
  12. Hidden Track "Waiting for the Wind to Blow Down the Tree in My Back Yard" – 1:47


Widespread Panic

Guest Performers


  • John Keane – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Clif Norrell - Mixing
  • Caram Costanzo  – Mixing
  • Benny Quinn – Mastering
  • David Barbe – Assistant Engineer
  • Marcia Beverley – Art Direction
  • James Mitchell (Michalopoulos) – Artwork
  • Jackie Jasper – Photography


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