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Travis Allison Band
© Travis Allison/Bridging M
Year of Release: 2001
Long Time Gone
Let Me Down Easy
Incident On 29th St.
King Stanley Chester
Ghosts Of My Town
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As a supporter of Independent Music, WSVNRadio has been promoting artists
who send us their music. For every 20 artists, WSVNRadio creates a compilation
CD. From one of those compilations,
The WSVNRadio Hall of Fame, Volume 5,
the Travis Allison Band was one of the 20 artists from that
particular compilation. They can be described from a quote from
Mike Joyce of The Washington Post:
"Like a young Springsteen... and has something that sets it apart from most of
the bar-band competition -- songs. Real songs. Not just party anthems or
thinly disguised cover tunes, but fully realized and often ambitious songs."
Allison's 4th album Color, features the song "Long Time Gone,"
which was personally selected by Allison for the WSVNRadio Volume 5 compilation.
An excellent choice, there isn't a bad song on this release, as Allison's Band
creates a great blend of rock music that will easily be favored by music fans.
Starting out with "Drivin'" -- it is compared to Americana music -
the likes of John Mellencamp, rather than Bruce Springsteen, yet Americana does
describe both Mellencamp and Springsteen. On a much better note, "Grey
Skies" is very soulful, an easy hit for Top 40 Radio and Americana formatted
radio stations, given the chance. "Blue" is another entertaining song,
and can be another popular hit for Top 40/Americana stations.
"Maybe Later" has a rougher harder edged sound, almost bluesy;
it's a great rock song, and another very impressive tune. Like "Grey Skies,"
"Let Me Down Easy" is another soulful song, very pleasant on the ears, and
another great song to listen to, over and over. "Incident On 29th St."
is another Mellencamp-Americana comparison, yet Allison has a style of his own
with his guitar playing and vocals.
"King Stanley Chester" is quite different -- having an almost-jazzy
sound, with some progressive rock piano riffs, and Allison's vocals are rough-edged
in some places, almost to Tom Waits. All in all, it's another entertaining
tune, and can easily grow on the listener. Another soulful easy tune is
"Black Hole," and the album's closing tune, "Ghosts Of My Town"
may have a slight resemblence to Springsteen, yet it's Travis Allison in his
very own style of his own.
Being compared to the likes of Mellencamp and Springsteen is an honor,
yet the Travis Allison Band has a style and sound of their own, very different
than that of whom they're compared to. Americana music can also be classifed
for their music, yet it's also a blend of Rock music that is once again in the
style of their own. With Allison's unique voice and truly remarkable band that
is exceptional to back him up, Travis Allison's Color displays a great
color of sound that should get alot of attention from the major labels.
Their music is worth checking out, and also interesting, is to hear their
previous releases. Color and other albums by The Travis Allison Band
can be located at their website:
Thanks to the Travis Allison Band for sending their music to WSVNRadio.
We are very proud to feature their music, and you should too.
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