The Sam Holt Band, featuring members of Outformation and Truth & Salvage Co., will play Asheville Music hall on Saturday, July 25.
Press release from event organizers:
Sam Holt Band is back on the road this July for five shows showcasing new members and a very special guest. The new Sam Holt Band line up features, Sam Holt on guitar, Adam Grace from Truth & Salvage CO, on keys, Adam Stern on guitar and pedal steel, Ross Parker on bass, and Jeremy Ward on drums. This is the same line up Sam put together for the highly received “Remembering Mikey” shows. This band will bring the same chemistry to Sam’s original material. “The journey is the thing, and I’m excited to be on it with these guys,” says Holt.
Sam is known for his former band Outformation and his on stage appearances with Widespread Panic. The Sam Holt Band formed in late 2011 after Holt relocated to Colorado. Last fall Sam moved to Athens, GA which gave him the opportunity to play a month long residency of shows with Todd Nance from Widespread Panic who will join the Sam Holt Band as a special guest on the drums at the Atlanta show at Smith’s Olde Bar.
The debut album from Sam Holt Band, Southern Angels, contains Holt’s most honest and accomplished songs to date. The album features guest appearances from Widespread Panic’s John Bell and Danny Hutchens of Bloodkin. The emotional honesty in the lyrics came from experiencing the bittersweet nature of life. “Many events and emotions in the song ‘Southern Angels’ are from my time with Widespread Panic. Having John Bell on this tune is an honor, but also makes perfect sense,” he states. There are themes of finding positivity in the wake of tragedy running through the record. ‘Fix It Up Man’ co-written with Danny Hutchens addresses this subject. “Danny’s lyrics paint a positive picture of someone who left us too soon. The track is a tribute to someone we both love and miss very much,” reveals Holt.
“Sam’s got that hypnotic thing. He kinda gets into that trance when he plays, and all my favorite guitar players have that ability to somewhat become hypnotized themselves. Mikey (Houser) and Junior Kimbrough – there was a hypnotic thing, and I think Sam has that. It’s a big part of what drew me to him,” says Sam’s former Outformation producer and Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann.
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