Widespread Panic rocks CNN to raise money for Tennessee flood victims


CNN’s brand new high definition World HQ studios in Atlanta doubled as a rock arena Tuesday when Athens act Widespread Panic dropped by.

With their instruments.

Yes, John “JB” Bell, John “JoJo” Hermann, Jimmy Herring, Todd Nance, Domingo S. Ortiz and Dave Schools performed live on air for anchor Kyra Phillips to raise awareness for the charities currently assisting the Tennessee flood victims.

Explained Nance: “It’s very easy for us to do things like this. We’re glad to help.”

How good were Phillips’ interviewing skills?

She even managed to extract this from the normally press shy Herring, who usually prefers motorcycles, fishing and consuming cereal to talking on camera: “JB said it all when he said that music is the universal language. It encourages people to do great things.”

Throughout the live jam session, CNN helpfully flashed up links to its “Impact Your World” website where viewers could contribute to Tennessee chapters of the Red Cross, Salvation Army and WP’s hand-picked charity, Feeding America.

Did you miss the segment?

Check out the interview and performance here.