Winter Park / Live Music: Down-home American music |

Winter Park / Live Music: Down-home American music

Audiences at the Winter Park Pub are up for a treat Sunday as Sam Holt and Cameron Williams bring some serious Southern rock to the stage.

Outformation played its last show in Raleigh, N.C., and while members are on break for a couple weeks, Holt took the chance to visit friends who live in Winter Park.

Joining him on stage Sunday is Cameron Williams, guitarist from the band

Tishamingo. Cameron brings soulful vocals with a north Florida blues background, and Holt said he is “excited to play with him. He adds a lot to the music.”

Holt is from Tennessee and Williams is from Tallahassee, Fla. Holt said that partially describes their music. It’s “down-home American style.”

Holt, who plays guitar and bass, always loved music. His first guitar and amp he got from a supportive mom and he played in bands through college (he has a degree in recording industry management from Middle Tennessee State University).

After working for Widespread Panic for six years ago he started thinking he too could be a musician.

“Those guys were really encouraging,” he said.

Other bands he’s sat in with include Government Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, North Mississippi Allstars and Stockholm Syndrome.

While he hones his growing talent, Holt takes in inspiration from “the rhythm of good conversation, nature,” and other musicians (naming Mike Houser, Frank Zappa, D. Boon of Minutemen, Toy Caldwell and Ace Frehley).

One musician in particular holds a very high honor in Holt’s performances, one who he’s sad to say isn’t around anymore. Holt was the guitar technician for Michael Houser, one of the founding members of Widespread Panic, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2002.

Each performance (almost), he plays one of Houser’s songs “to let his spirit come through and keep that going,” he said. Holt also tries just to “get out of the way and let the music that is out there come through me. The music is out there and musicians have to be open to receive it.”

Outformation has been spending time in the studio and has a DVD coming out by next spring. For more information on the band, visit their MySpace page and/or Williams and Tishamingo have an album out called The Point. They also have a MySpace page.

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