“My new definition of underground: singer-guitarist Daniel Hutchens and guitarist Eric Carter, friends since they met in elementary school…and, for the past 23 years, the sturdy, stubborn axis of the Athens, Georgia band Bloodkin…on BABY, THEY TOLD US WE WOULD RISE AGAIN, Bloodkin are at a hot peak in their odyssey, opening with the hypnotic hell of “The Viper,” a catalog of addictions checked off by Hutchens in a belly-to-the-bar drawl against a seventies-Neil Young tornado of banjo, dirty guitars and prairie-chapel organ. The spike and clash of Carter and Eric Martinez’s guitars in “Wait Forever” suggest Keith Richards and Ron Wood–armed with Civil War bayonets.”
-DAVID FRICKE in ROLLING STONE
“BABY, THEY TOLD US WE WOULD RISE AGAIN is the title of Bloodkin’s new album and it’s truly one of the best damned Rock and Roll albums that I have heard in many a year…life-affirming rock and roll in the grandest tradition…one of the most under-rated bands on Earth.”
-PATTERSON HOOD of DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
“From the very beginnings of Widespread Panic to today and beyond, Bloodkin has been one of our greatest influences. Danny and Eric’s music has a consistent blend of poetry, intestinal fortitude, and song-craftmanship that I envy. I can hope their example sinks in to my own approach to music. We can voyeuristically cover their songs during our sets but ultimately it’s best to listen to Bloodkin and surrender to what is coming at you––pure intention in the form of music. Bloodkin’s presence in, and their approach to, rock & roll or whatever you call it––is as much of what makes up the backbone of the Athens music story as any other band that has come through this town. That’s what Danny and Eric mean to me.”
-JOHN BELL of WIDESPREAD PANIC
“We had Vic’s song and a Danny Hutchens song [on DIRTY SIDE DOWN]…That’s when we started talking about the fact that we were covering a song from Vic and a song from Danny, so why shouldn’t we do one by Jerry [Joseph]? These are the three biggest songwriting influences in our band’s life.”
-DAVE SCHOOLS of WIDESPREAD PANIC in BLURT ON
Sweet, lowdown, and introspective, Sam Holt writes rock songs that are heartfelt and poignant expressions of life experiences that reflect his southern roots. Holt is well known for his guitar tech skills for the late Michael Houser of Widespread Panic, and for his own national touring band Outformation.
Born in Nashville, TN, Holt spent his youth surrounded by southern rock. The first bands Sam remembers liking were The Charlie Daniels Band and Elvis Presley. Once his mom brought home KISS Alive II, he knew music would be a major part of his life.
Graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in recording engineering Sam went to work at Soundcheck in Nashville. In 2000, Holt became the guitar tech for Michael Houser of the wildly popular Athens, GA band Widespread Panic. Houser was impressed with Sam’s skills and told him should be playing his own music. Sadly, Houser passed away in August of 2002 after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. Sam continued to tech for Widespread Panic, and made frequent onstage appearances playing lead guitar on the Summer 2006 tour. These shows were highly valued by Panic’s die-hard fan base. Armed with that experience and Mike’s encouraging words, Sam started the Atlanta, GA basedband Outformation with Lee Schwartz on drums and Grady Upchurch on bass. Outformation toured for five years and recorded three albums: Tennessee Before Daylight (2005), Traveler’s Rest (2007) and Fastburn (2009).
In 2010, the members of Outformation went their separate ways. Holt moved to Colorado and became a part of the vibrant Colorado music scene forming The Sam Holt Band. Michael “Spanky” McCluer on bass, Adam Stern on pedal steel and guitar, and Andy Clapp on drums are adding fresh colors and textures to Holt’s catalog of material. Sam notes, “I’m so lucky to have hooked up with these guys. They are such burning players, and I totally trust them in any situation.” Gaining momentum quickly, the Sam Holt Band has gathered a loyal following playing throughout Colorado. On the
horizon in 2012 are an album and national tour. “We’ve got a lot of new material. Going in the studio to capture
it is something I’m really excited about,” adds the down to earth