Lonesome Traveler, Colorado's distinctive Americana sextet, are bringing their music to audiences across the country with a remarkable veracity to match their diligence and talent. In five short years they've gone from being the toast of small jams and casual pickin' parties to solid, sought-after performers at bluegrass, folk and country venues everywhere.
The Traveler's third album, Looking for a Way - produced by GRAMMY-winner Gene Libbea - is proof positive that they're on the right path with original songs that augment traditional folk and bluegrass instrumentation with contemporary themes and heartfelt lyrics that leave audiences radiant.
Lonesome Traveler's three lead singers trade off with virtuosic precision on tales of restless wandering, confusion and heartbreak, while band members swoop and swirl around the central microphones. Their vibrant and affable personalities are readily apparent in lively, family-friendly stage banter, complementing the spirited musical program.
The Travelers crisscross the nation in a veggie-oil van, appearing like a modern medicine show extolling the twin virtues of exceptional, honest music and lower-impact touring. Make no mistake: this multiple-award winning troupe is no dog and pony show; their talent and professionalism are just as great as their performances. Their often plaintive yet dynamic repertoire of original songs and much-loved standards demonstrates that these Travelers are the real deal.
The close-knit ensemble is comprised of singer and mandolinist, Jodi Boyce, doghouse bassist Evan Neal, Chad Fisher on fiddle, guitarist Rick Scott, flatpicker and vocalist Dustin Scott and 2007's RockyGrass Dobro champion Ansel Foxley, who rounds out the vocal duties. Their unified musicianship, filled with soaring harmonies and melodic ornamentation, resonates like a band that's played together for decades.