Main Presenter: Kyle Travers
Songwriters. Singers. Multi-instrumentalists. Brothers. At only 26, twins Eric Travers and Kyle Travers have been writing songs and stunning live audiences for well over half their lifetime. Presenting soulful, bluesy, rock n’ roll spun in psychedelic jam, Travers Brothership; also including singer, bassist, songwriter, Josh Clark, and keyboardist, songwriter, percussionist, Ian McIsaac, create a fierce and balanced team, strengthened by the 13 years they’ve spent together on and off the road.
The band first met in 2007 on a school bus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Soon after the Travers twins were invited by Josh and Ian to get off at their bus stop for a jam in Josh’s garage, little did they know this was history in the making. After numerous jams and a few lessons from Eric and Kyle’s father (and veteran touring musician) “Hurricane” Bob Travers, Travers Brothership was formed in 2012.
With over 400+ shows across the United States and Europe under their belts, the band has become a well oiled machine, performing alongside acts such as; Gov’t Mule, Taj Mahal, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Moe., Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Blues Traveler, Charles Bradley, Leftover Salmon,The Marcus King Band, Dr. John, and many more.
Travers Brothership are consummate musicians and live music aficionados with a deep understanding of their preferred genres. Utilizing the band's unmatched live energy, they create a concert atmosphere that transforms an audience into a community and their enthusiasm, gusto, and talents carry the day. In 2018 Travers Brothership brought their instrumental prowess and tasteful songwriting to Echo Mountain Recording Studios and The Eagle Room in their hometown of Asheville, NC. The result, “Let The World Decide” adds to their already abundant catalogue, and sets a new bar for the band musically.
“Travers Brothership ripped into seemingly every stage at FloydFest, with guitarist Kyle Travers displaying raw talent and six-string exploration in equal measure. Alongside his twin brother, drummer Eric Travers, the siblings and their two childhood friends revealed a mature sense of self.” – Rolling Stone (2019)
In lieu of a breakout session in December, the second hour of the meeting will be devoted to holiday-themed performances by members. To that end, Bob and I will be presenting some holiday songs for the group to learn by the December meeting performance. We will go over some different options and review them as a group. Then, between November and December, members can meet up to rehearse the piece(s) they'd like to perform in December. Should be a fun, festive time!
Rookies - Greg Clare
As a follow-up to Jim Eligator's introduction to finger-style play last month, Greg Clare will demonstrate a simple finger-style blues/ragtime tune in the rookies breakout session, with a twist! Greg will introduce the group to JamPlay ( www.jamplay.com ) where he first saw this particular tune taught by one of their 122 instructors as one of 6,000+ songs/lessons currently available to their on-line subscribers. Check out the web page prior to the meeting if you can, and if you want a head start on the session, try a 1-month membership (only $10 for a month last time Greg looked) and look under the Blues Lessons for Eric Madis' lesson on "The Rolling E Blues" (it's the 1st of 5 lessons on this topic that go from the most basic version to a fully syncopated blues/rag tune with plenty of options for improvising and 'making it your own' - we'll go through this first, 12-minute, lesson in the breakout ). Shoot Greg a note at email@example.com if you have any questions or problems accessing the JamPlay website... and no, he has no affiliation with the site but swears by it even though he hasn't come close to fully leveraging the boundless resources it provides despite subscribing for the past few years!.
Minors - Bob Disney and Connor McCabe
In preparation for the December meeting's musical performances, we will present some song options we can learn as a group. Then, you guys can choose a song or two to perform, and get together between now and December to work it out! Should be a great time!
The majors will be hanging with the main presenter following his presentation. Subject matter wide open.