Like the mythical phoenix, Silver Travis rose from the ashes of the past a few years ago, and they have been burning brightly ever since. These southern boys have a firm grip on the reality of the music business, but they refuse to give up on that old rock and roll dream. For Silver Travis, it’s all about the music. The music they all love.
Originally formed in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1981, the group spent several years playing throughout the South, honing their skills in venues like Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium and the world famous Bowery in Myrtle Beach (home of the legendary Alabama.)
During the eighties, the band shared the stage with bands likes of George Hatcher Band and 38 Special, often jamming with friends like Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), members of The Marshall Tucker Band and other friends.
Silver Travis broke up in the mid 80's, but in 2005 reunited to record their first album "One Monkey Don't Spoil the Show." With the success of the album, the band received international exposure and CD sales. The debut CD received favorable reviews in Bands Of Dixie magazine published in France, as well as in GRITZ music magazie. Songs from the CD have received airplay from internet based radio stations, local broadcast stations as well as appearances on the SIRIUS satellite radio network.
Since their reformation Silver Travis has shared the stage with the great Bonnie Bramlett (as her backing band), The Southern Rock Allstars, Tommy Crain of the Charlie Daniels Band, Donnie Winters of the Winters Brothers Band, Mark Burrell of the Toy Caldwell Band, and Jerry Eubanks and Pat Ellwood of the Marshall Tucker band. The band members have played on stage alongside original members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet, the Charlie Daniels Band and others.
In 2009 the band released their second album 'Take The High Road.' This time they brought in songwriter John Gillie on guitar and enlisted the assistance of Tim Lawter and Rusty Milner (both formerly of the Marshall Tucker Band) recording at Studio 151. Guest musicians on this album include Mike Blackwell, Steve Keeter, Jerry Eubanks and Paul Riddle of the Marshall Tucker Band , among others.
Silver Travis boasts a rich catalog of original tunes, with choice cover tunes peppered throughout their show. Not unlike fellow Southerner Warren Haynes, they enjoy surprising the audience with sometimes obscure songs and surprises.
Silver Travis is a little bit country and a whole lot Southern Rock, with some good ol’ blues tossed in for good measure. It’s a mix that has a firm foundation in its Southern roots. A sound you will want to enjoy time and time again. Like a fishing trip to the local pond, a glass of sweet iced tea or an edge of your seat NASCAR race, their music has already worked its way into the lexicon of Southern life. They are a force to be reckoned with.