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The Silver Travis Band

Traveler (2019)

 

There’s just something special about the music born in the Carolinas. Maybe it’s the home-grown aspect. Grown from the fertile soil of the farms and mountains and foothills of the south. After all, almost all great music can trace its roots back to the south, whether it be blues, country or Southern rock. The Silver Travis Band was originally born in the Upstate city of Spartanburg, South Carolina- the same town that gave us guitar hero Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland, rockabilly rebels The Sparkletones and Southern rock pioneers the Marshall Tucker Band. They obviously drank from the same well.

            The Silver Travis Band consists of Randall Calvert (formerly of Roebuck, SC, currently of Columbus, NC; Joey Parrish of Roebuck; Mike Satterfield, also of Roebuck; Carey Upton and Daniel Jackson of Landrum, SC. Together, the guys went into Mill Street Sound Studios in Inman, SC and recorded their finest album ever with the help of producer/engineer and former bassist for the Marshall Tucker Band, Tim Lawter.

Over the years, the Silver Travis Band has entertained countless fans, honing their musical spear to a fine edge and taking their songwriting to the next level. With this new album, the band has reached their apex. This is a group of southern boys who work together like a well-oiled machine. Think Dale Earnhardt’s #3 car if it played music.

            STB’s sound is at once familiar and still fresh. Sure, there are hints of influences that have washed over them individually and as a band, from various southern rock and country bands to blues and classic rock artists- you may hear a Toy Caldwell or Tommy Crain guitar lick one minute and a Stevie Ray Vaughan note the next, only to have an energy similar to that of Bruce Springsteen or Jackson Browne shine through on the next song. Still, given the multitude of influences, the Silver Travis Band remains a true original. There is simply not another band who sounds like them, anywhere on the planet. Great guitars, twin leads, soaring keyboards, harmony vocals and an ultra-tight rhythm section add up to the freshest sound to grace the recent airwaves. Take my word for it, as one who has written about bands for over 30 years, this is the good stuff. Expect no quarter.

 

-Michael Buffalo Smith (michaelbuffalo.net)

  Author, Performer, Journalist

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