Sam Holt, a member of Widespread Panic's "inner circle" and guitar tech for the late, great, Michael Houser, has devoted himself to Outformation, the Atlanta-based band he formed in 2002 with bassist Grady Upchurch and New Orleans drummer-singer Lee Schwartz.
This fruitful devotion led Outformation to play over 130 shows nationwide last year, including festival appearances at SXSW, Wakarusa, High Sierra, and 10KLF, among others.
Outformation released their second full-length album, Traveler's Rest, in August of '07. The new disc includes Outformation's newest members, keyboardist C.R. Gruver and percussionist Jeff "Birddog" Lane.
Widespread Panic collaborated on the title track of Outformation's second album but despite the close ties with Panic, Travelers Rest presents Outformation as a maturing band focused on their own signature sound.
Holt saw good examples of how a band becomes successful during his tenure with Widespread Panic.
"To see those guys and how long they worked at it, what they built and became, it is a way of life. That's the way we wanna look at it," says Holt.
Outformation recently headlined the Variety Playhouse in their hometown of Atlanta, and is closing out 2007 with their first New Years Eve run in Denver, CO, playing at the Gothic Theatre 12/30 and 12/31.
Check them OUT in '08.
Outformation Tour Dates
02/09/08 Sat The Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC
02/15/08 Fri Blue Cats Knoxville, TN
02/16/08 Sat Orange Peel Asheville, NC
02/20/08 Wed Bourbon Street Bar Auburn, AL
02/21/08 Thu Rick's Cafe Americain Starkville, MS
02/22/08 Fri Jupiter Bar & Grill Tuscaloosa, AL
02/23/08 Sat Hal & Mal's Jackson, MS
02/29/08 Fri Granada Theater Dallas, TX
03/01/08 Sat The Parish Austin, TX
03/02/08 Sun Bash Riprocks #2 Lubbock, TX
03/05/08 Wed Goat Head Saloon Mesa, AZ
03/07/08 Fri Santa Fe Brewing Company Santa Fe, NM
03/08/08 Sat Sheridan Opera House Telluride, CO
03/11/08 Tue Sherpa & Yeti's Breckenridge, CO
03/14/08 Fri Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
03/15/08 Sat Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins, CO
03/17/08 Mon Snowmass Village Snowmass, CO