Novel/Alice Bundle: CD

Novel/Alice Bundle: CD

Sarah's solo record Novel and Travis' solo record Alice both for $19.99 with free shipping, limited time only.

Alice

Alice

On Travis Book’s debut solo recording, the songs take center stage. Recorded live, no overdubbing, no fixes, just a man and a guitar and ten songs with deep roots.

Track Listing:

  1. Tennessee Side of Things
  2. Gentle on my Mind
  3. Poor Boys Delight
  4. 50 Miles of Elbow Room
  5. Ain't Been Myself in Years
  6. Red Tail Lights
  7. Give Me Some Wings
  8. Tomorrow's a Long Time
  9. Last One to Love You
  10. Travelin' Teardrop Blues

From the Liner Notes:

It was 2001, I had only just discovered bluegrass music and Yonder Mountain String Band was my favorite band. I’d heard stories about a songwriter named Benny Galloway, whom everyone called Burle, who had been responsible for helping that band get started and writing some of my favorite songs. Somehow I’d ended up at a picking party in Durango, the first of what was to become the centerpiece of my musical life, and I was hovering around the edge of the jam, watching it unfold. A song ended and the bass player yelled, “anyone else know how to play this thing?” Someone pointed to me and the bass player turned, smiled, and handed me the instrument, the first time I’d ever touched an upright bass. I was face to face with Burle.

Thus began a long, deep friendship and apprenticeship with the single most influential musician in my life. Writing sessions, rehearsals, gigs, tours and picking parties, whenever Burle was on the scene, he had his guitar, Alice, slung over his shoulder. She became as much a part of my musical education as the man himself. He gave her credit for the songs they wrote, for 20 years the two of them collaborated to create some of the best music I’ve ever heard. A few years ago Burle finally felt that he’d pulled all he could from Alice and put her away. When I heard a rumor that Burle was considering selling her to finance an upright bass, I called him and offered a trade, only temporary, for my old Miesel, the instrument I’d owned and played during that era.

This is how I became caretaker of the most mythical instrument in my world. I’d decided to experiment with playing solo shows and Alice became my guitar of choice. As I played Alice, the songs Burle had taught me and the songs we’d written together kept bubbling to the surface, flowing out of the old Martin D-35 and becoming the centerpiece of my solo repertoire, in so many ways defining my sound. These songs are a part of our shared history, this record a gift for Alice and Burle, a window into my past and a collection of songs that will always remind me of those years with Burle.

Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, Cabin in the Hills

Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, Cabin in the Hills

 Way back when, 5 guys made a band and made a record.  Several years later the individual members went on to play in or found The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, The Biscuit Burners, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, The Colorado Playboys, Waiting on Trial and The Jon Stickley Trio.  Those guys were Travis Book, Anders Beck, Andy Thorn, Jon Stickley and Robin Davis.  They had no idea what they were doing, just that they loved to play music and needed to record it.  

Colorado Playboys

Colorado Playboys

 4 guys, a love of bluegrass music and Colorado and a 1992 Ford Explorer.  This was all we had when John Frazier, Andy Thorn, Jon Stickley and I set out to play a tour of Colorado in 2009.  The band hasn't played again and the Explorer blew an exhaust valve on the way back to Tennessee at the end of tour, so all that remains is this awesome EP, engineered by Andy Hall.