Sam Holt & Outformation Take to the Road

With years on the road guitar teching for Michael Houser, founding member of Widespread Panic and one of the most infamous jam guitarists in the history of the genre, Sam Holt was no stranger to the music scene or the road. However in forming his own band Outformation, Holt would have to step out of the shadows both literally and figuratively to prove that he could stand on his own in a genre where fans are hard won, but once captivated are also loyal as the day is long. Following the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album Tennessee Before Daylight, the band is set to release their anticipated follow up album Traveler’s Rest on August 21.
Holt and Outformation have a full fall tour scheduled in support of their sophomore CD with more dates to follow in the winter. Released two years after their debut, Traveler’s Rest finds the band in a more mature and experimental state. Holt’s hypnotic guitar hooks, bass player and singer-songwriter Grady Upchurch’s melodies, Lee Schwartz’s pounding beat and the harmonies of keyboardist CR Gruver and percussionist Jeff “Birddogg” Lane give each track on Traveler’s Rest a unique brand of funkadelic chemistry. Several musical guests also make an appearance throughout the album. The title track, ‘Traveler’s Rest’ is a collaborative effort with Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann, while Mickey Raphael from Willie Nelson’s band contributes his harmonica playing talents on the song ‘Winds.’
Since their inception in 2002, Outformation has toured relentlessly. The band found itself gaining momentum while supporting Tennessee Before Daylight; selling out venues nationwide and culminating in their two day performance at Bonnaroo in 2005. That same year, Outformation was named “Best New Band” by an Honest Tune Magazine’s reader’s poll.
After more than seven years working as a guitar tech for his mentor and friend, the late Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser, and stepping in to play at numerous Panic shows, Holt has spent the last five years dedicating himself to Outformation. With
influences ranging from Charlie Daniels and The Marshall Tucker Band all the way to Frank Zappa, Outformation’s original material and  sound is breaking new ground in a long and cherished Southern musical territory. Add to that the growing national fanbase they have cultivated over the years and it becomes clear that Holt and Outformation have truly stepped out front and found their groove with Traveler’s Rest.
August 31                      The Pour House                                                 Charleston, SC
September 1                   The Pour House                                                 Charleston, SC
September 2                   The Palm Room                                                 Wrightsville Beach, NC
September 6                   Rick’s                                                                Starkville, MS
September 7                   Martin’s Lounge                                                 Jackson, MS
September 8                   Sticky Fingerz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack        Little Rock, AR
September 9                   George’s Majestic                                              Fayetteville, AR
September 15                 Loco’s Pub                                                        Savannah, GA
September 19                 Bluesboro                                                          Murfreesboro, TN       
September 20                 Proud Larry’s                                                    Oxford, MS
September 22                 Chelsea’s                                                           Baton Rouge, LA
October 4                      Liberty Hall                                                       Lawrence, KS
October 5                      Granada Theatre                                               Dallas, TX
October 6                      Stubb’s                                                             Austin, TX
October 17                     Georgia Theatre                                                 Athens, GA
October 19                     Jupiter Bar                                                         Tuscaloosa, AL
October 25                     War Eagle Supper Club                                    Auburn, AL
October 26                     The Jolly Roger                                                  Orange Beach,  AL
October 27                     Magnolia Festival                                               Live Oak, FL
November 9                   Workplay Theatre                                             Birmingham, AL

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