Winter Park / Live Music: Outformation brings sounds of the South north |

Winter Park / Live Music: Outformation brings sounds of the South north

by Cyndi McCoy
Winter Park, Colorado

Some serious Southern rock is set for Winter Park as Sam Holt and Cameron Williams return for a special performance on the Pub stage.

The two musicians started playing together about a year ago. Holt said it “seemed like the thing to do” when they were on break from their other bands, “to get together and play something.”

With an incredible New Year’s show behind them out in Charleston, N.C., band Outformation, which includes guitarist Holt, is taking a break for a couple more weeks.

He has been visiting a girlfriend who lives in Boulder, meanwhile playing on the Front Range.

Outformation will then “kick it off again back in the South,” where he and Williams are originally from, Jan. 23. (Holt is from Tennessee and Williams grew up in Jacksonville, Fla.) The band will “be back out this way” in March, hopefully, Holt said, performing in the Fraser Valley while they are here.

While on break from band Tishamingo, guitarist Williams has been playing near his home in Aspen. Holt said their shared Southern upbringing plays a large part of their music when they get together to jam. It’s “down-home American style,” he said. He also said Williams brings soulful vocals with a north Florida blues background, that “adds a lot to the music.”

Holt always loved music. He plays guitar and bass, and has a degree in recording industry management. He worked for Widespread Panic for six years and started his own career just over a year ago. “Those guys were really encouraging,” he said.

He has also sat in with big names like Government Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, the North Mississippi Allstars and Stockholm Syndrome. He draws inspiration from “the rhythm of good conversation, nature,” and other musicians ” namely Mike Houser, Frank Zappa, D. Boon of Minutemen, and Toy Caldwell and Ace Frehley. “Those are still my guys,” he said.

Holt has also been getting into country more, with new influences from legends like Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He said he and Williams will probably play a couple Outformation songs, a couple Tishamingo songs, as well as songs by Jennings, Nelson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

During their Pub show they’ll also play two new songs he thinks they’ve never played before, that are very poignant to their style. The first is an observational piece by Holt called “The Moral Decline.” The second, by Williams, is self-explanatory, called “Whiskey-Drinkin’ Women.” Other local performers may join in, as Holt says, you can “never rule it out.” At their last performance, audiences were treated to the duo, as well as the talents of Tom Camillo and Chris “Willy” Williamson, both of band One Time who are friends of Holt and Williams.

This past year Outformation has been spending time in the studio and has a new live DVD out, “… Been a While,” from a 2007 in Atlanta, Ga. A new album is due out by March.

For more information on the band, visit their MySpace page and/or Williams and Tishamingo also have an album out called The Point. They too can be found on MySpace.

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