Remembering Mikey

The Music, Memory, and Spirit of Michael Houser

Sam Holt Tribute to Michael Houser Planned for March.

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“Remembering Mikey”, the band honoring Michael Houser’s music, is back on the road this March with shows throughout the Southern USA.  Lead by Sam Holt, the show will feature Houser originals as well as songs from Houser’s posthumous release Sandbox.  Holt will also be performing a number of 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” will be a unique experience for Houser fans. “I am a huge fan of Widespread Panic and Houser’s music,”  says Grace.  “It is an honor to be a part of this tribute to Houser, one of the greatest musical minds of our time.”

Two other members of “Remembering Mikey”,  Jeremy Ward and Ross Parker, played the music of Widespread Panic for years in a tribute band called “Farmer’s Soul”.  They garnered a huge fan base in the South and will provide the perfect rhythm section for Sam Holt.  The final member of the group, Adam Stern, will be playing pedal steel and guitar, making this tribute a show that cannot be missed.

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.”

You can read more about Sam Holt, Remembering Mikey, and get your pre-sale tickets at the official band website

Remembering Mikey official Tour Dates:

March 14, 2015 – Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom

March 19, 2015 – Charlotte, NC @ The Rabbit Hole

March 20, 2015 – Charleston, SC @ The Pour House

March 21, 2015 –  Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall

March 25, 2015 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ The Booth

March 26, 2015 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s

March 27, 2015 – Jackson, MS @ Martin’s

March 28, 2015 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen



11 thoughts on “Sam Holt Tribute to Michael Houser Planned for March.

  1. Glad to see you guys are bringing this down south.. Especially glad to see you are bringing it to the rabbit hole in Charlotte which is less then a mile from my house.. Will be a great few days of listening to mikey tunes 🙂

    And I haven’t seen my long lost twin in many many moons.

    if you get confused, just listen to the music play
    ~ kevin

  2. Sam, I heard you play with Widespread in Louisville (first show without George), and wow did it give me goose bumps. When I closed my eyes I could see him sitting in his chair with his hair blowing in the fan. Both shows are still in my top 5. Can’t wait to see the tribute.

  3. Great news and so happy Sam and the gang feel led to see this music gets spread. How exciting to think of new ears being turned on, and the Home team extended being turned loose. Farmers Soul rocks so this has potential, rather will elevate this to new places, a fun ride! Most of all, cheers to Mikey – we will certainly all be together in spirit once more – rock on.

    In summary – yeehaw!

  4. Looking forward to seeing the show. Traveling over a couple hours to hear that lingering lead we all love and miss. Not to dog WSP, but I would rather hear this tribute with Holt than WSP with Herring. The sound, soul and style is gone and JH is the polar opposite to everything “guitar” that made them so great. Wish they would get Holt to play with them….even if just a 10-20 show tour. It’s not just Houser’s sound…its Panic’s just as well. Sorry….had to rant some. Thanks for keeping the spirit and sound alive!

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