April 2018 Tour
The Sam Holt Band is back…
on the road this April with Remembering Mikey shows in Augusta, Asheville, and Charleston. Lead by Sam Holt, the show will feature Houser originals as well as songs from Houser’s posthumous release Sandbox. The band will also be performing a number of Holt’s original songs written for and inspired by Houser.
Widespread Panic’s founding member, Michael Houser, passed away in 2002. Holt served as Houser’s guitar tech at the time and remembers experiencing a moment of clarity. “There were many times when he [Houser] told me, ‘You need to go play music,’” says Holt. “I realized I needed to make the most of my time.” Eventually, Holt performed with Widespread Panic as their lead guitar player.
Since that time, Holt has formed his own musical groups, touring and building a large fan base across the country; first with Outformation and currently with The Sam Holt Band which formed in Colorado in 2011.
Holt takes time to honor his friend Michael Houser with the upcoming shows, billed officially as “Remembering Mikey” – Honoring the Music, Memory and Spirit of Michael Houser.
Along with Adam Grace, keyboardist for Truth & Salvage Co., “Remembering Mikey” has become a unique experience for Houser fans. “I am a huge fan of Widespread Panic and Mike’s music,” says Grace. “It has been an honor to be a part of this tribute to Houser, one of the greatest musical minds of our time.”
Holt and Grace will once again be joined by bassist Ross Parker and drummer Jeremy Ward, and special guests are expected to be announced as well, making this a show you will not want to miss. The band will kick off the mini-tour with a Masters week performance at Sky City in Augusta Georgia on April 5; followed by a stop in Asheville NC at Savage Station on April 6; and will conclude the tour on April 7 at The Charleston Pour House.
After playing his own music for many years, Holt will be returning to his roots and playing the tunes of his mentor and friend Michael Houser. Holt relates, “Mike meant so much to so many. He instilled me with the confidence to play music… and these shows are a way for us to celebrate his music and memory.”