Sam Holt Band Raises over $4,000 for the Mikey Houser Pre-Amped Music Program at Nuci's Space!! 

September 14, 2023- ATHENS, GA - The Sam Holt Band raised over $4,000 for the Pre-Amped: Michael Houser Music Program at Nuçi’s Space through the sale of posters and t-shirts designed by the talented JT Lucchessi of Home Team Graphics.

The band recently performed three concerts to honor the life, music, and spirit of Michael Houser where they also offered the one-of-a-kind merchandise to support the cause. All proceeds from the sales have been donated in honor of the founding Widespread Panic guitarist. Athens company TSAV donated funds for the program as well.

"We are honored to be able to support the incredible work that Nuci's Space does, and we are grateful to our fans for helping us raise funds and awareness for the Mikey Houser Pre-Amped Music Program," said Sam Holt, the band's lead guitarist and vocalist.

Nuci's Space is a non-profit organization in Athens dedicated to providing affordable healthcare for musicians, as well as initiatives to overcome depression, addiction, and other mental health challenges that often affect those in the music industry. The Mikey Houser Pre-Amped Music Program is provided free to 4th and 5th grade elementary school students who show an interest and passion for music. The goal of the program is to introduce elementary school students to musical instruments and music lessons, who otherwise may not have access to music programs. The program is being offered at Alps, JJ Harris, and Fowler Drive Elementary Schools in Athens.

“Pre-Amped is a very special program for us! It's such a privilege to be able to nurture the emotional and musical development of young kids at the very beginning of their creative journey. We are so grateful for the opportunity to bring the work of Nuçi’s Space to a broader community within Athens. Thank you for your support!” - Alex Dillon, Youth Programs Manager

“Nuci’s is an incredible resource for Athens’ musicians and the larger community. Their participation in the after school programs in the area is just one facet of their good work, and for Michael to be a part of that feels so right. Sam’s shows are fantastic and fun celebrations of Michael’s music and life. To know all those people are gathering and having a great time each August-well, Michael would have loved that. And having proceeds go to Mikey Houser’s Pre-Amped just ices the cake.”  - Barbette Houser 


Sam Holt was Houser's guitar tech during his final years with Widespread Panic. After Houser’s passing, Sam quickly became a fan favorite, regularly playing with Widespread Panic for entire shows.. In 2002, at Houser’s insistence, Holt forged his own path with Atlanta based Outformation, and eventually The Sam Holt Band.






Sam Holt Band Presents Remembering Mikey this August for year 21! 

Sam Holt Band Announces August Run to Celebrate Michael Houser 

Sam Holt Band Presents Remembering Mikey: A Celebration of the Music, Memory, and Spirit of Michael Houser

Athens, GA –(May 23, 2023) The Sam Holt Band will perform three shows in honor of Widespread Panic’s founding guitarist Michael Houser this August. The first show will take place on August 10th in Atlanta at Smith’s Olde Bar to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Micahel Houser’s passing. August 11th is at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, NC and the final performance will be on August 12th at the Charleston Pour House in South Carolina.

August 10th marks the 21st anniversary of Michael Houser's passing. His contributions to Widespread Panic’s music and live shows have left an indelible mark on the jam band scene. Holt was Michael’s guitar tech, but Houser encouraged Sam to make his own music. Holt, who went on to play with Widespread Panic, Outformation and the Sam Holt Band, credits Houser with setting him on his way. "I carry that, some of his belief," he said. "He gave me a lot of confidence that I guess was there, but I hadn't found it yet."

The Remembering Mikey tour features songs Houser wrote and sang for Panic, songs from his posthumously released solo album "Sandbox.” and songs written by Holt that Houser inspired.

Tickets for the Sam Holt Band's upcoming shows in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Charleston will be available on the venue websites starting May 23, 2023. Early ticket booking is highly recommended as these shows are expected to sell out quickly.

For more information about the Sam Holt Band, including updates on tour dates and other news, please visit or @samholtband on Instagram.


Sam Holt Band:

Sam Holt - Guitar and vocals

Adam Grace - Keyboards and vocals

Ross Parker - Bass

Jeremy Ward - Drums and vocals


Media Contact:

Andrea Holt 

Home Team Publicity



Sam Holt to support JoJo for a June run out west!  

Nashville, TN (May 1, 2023) - Sam Holt and Jojo Hermann, two renowned musicians and longtime collaborators, have announced a series of upcoming concerts together. The duo will be hitting the road this summer, playing a string of shows across the US, in what promises to be a must-see event for Panic fans. 

Holt, who has played guitar with Widespread Panic, Outformation and the Sam Holt Band is known for his soulful playing and dynamic stage presence. Hermann, the keyboardist for Widespread Panic, is a master of the Hammond B3 organ and has been a driving force in the jam music scene for over two decades.

The two musicians began playing together in the early 2000s and have since developed a deep musical bond, which will surely be on full display during these upcoming shows. The setlist is expected to include a mix of original compositions and covers, showcasing the duo's impressive range and versatility.

"I'm excited to hit the road with Jojo and play music for our fans," says Holt. "We've been working hard on our setlist and I think people are going to really enjoy what we've put together."

Hermann echoes Holt's sentiments: "Sam and I have a great musical connection, and I'm looking forward to sharing that with our fans on this tour. We're going to have a lot of fun up there."

The tour starts June 1 with two nights in Denver. Tickets are on sale now and fans are encouraged to act fast, as these shows are expected to sell out quickly.


New Dates! Sam Holt Band on the road in February 2023  

Athens, GA — (December 9, 2022) — Sam Holt Band announced today four shows in the southeast to celebrate the 37th year anniversary of the first Widespread Panic show on February 6, 1986, and the lives of Michael Houser and Todd Nance. Houser was the founding guitarist and Nance was the founding drummer for Widespread Panic. Houser succumbed to pancreatic cancer in August 2002 and Todd Nance passed away in August of 2020. Holt also performed with Widespread Panic many times after Michael's departure and went on to form the band Outformation. In 2014, Holt moved to Athens, GA, and played in several bands with Todd Nance, including The Interstellar Boys

The Sam Holt Band is Adam Grace, keyboardist for Truth & Salvage Co., Ross Parker on bass, and Jeremy Ward on drums. The show will feature tunes from Houser's posthumous album Sandbox, as well as the classic songs Houser and Nance wrote for Widespread Panic–and original material that was inspired by and written for the late Michael Houser by Sam. 

Upcoming Shows: 

February 1 - Blue Canoe, Tupelo, MS 

February 2 - 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN 

February 3 - Barrelhouse Ballroom, Chattanooga, TN 

February 4 - Avondale Brewing, Birmingham, AL

Sam Holt Records Track on New JoJo Hermann Album Chickasaw Princess  

Happy to announce the release of Chickasaw Princess, a tribute to the late Ron Shapiro and the Hoka. Chickasaw Princess was recorded in 2021 featuring Bobby Rush, John Hermann, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Duane Trucks, Kristian Dambrino, Fish Michie, Barry Po Hannah, and Sam Holt. 

Chicksaw Princess was released on Aug 27.  Listen here. 

Poster Design for Smith's Run by JT Lucchesi 

Here is the poster design by JT Lucchesi. These posters will be signed and numbered by JT and available at Smith's Olde Bar during our shows. There are only 75. Proceeds from poster sales will go to the Mikey Houser PreAmped Music Program developed by Nuci's Space in Athens, GA. 

The goal of the program is to expose 4th and 5th-grade students to musical instruments and music lessons, who may otherwise not have access to these programs. The program is hosted during established After School Programs in local elementary schools. Nuci’s Space covers the full cost of the program for every student participant.

To learn more about Nuçi’s Space and the programs and services we provide to the music and arts community, please visit or find us on Facebook and Instagram.