2014 was all about the road and The Kindness of Strangers Tour. The tour took the music of The Brian Travis Band to Cottage Grove, Eugene and Portland Organ; San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California; Grand Junction, Boulder and Denver Colorado; Oklahoma City, Springfield, Hollister, Branson Missouri; and Athens, Georgia.
I look forward to playing more music in 2015 and I have plans to return to the road in the spring and summer. I look forward to writing more songs and finding inspiration in all aspects of my life. Roll on 2015! Happy New Year to all! - BT
Dear friends, fans and BTB supporters,
Brian has been in a very harrowing car accident that happened just 2 days after wrapping up the final show of his Kindness Of Strangers Tour in Hollister Missouri. On the road home back to California while crossing the Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma near Tulsa, Brian lost control of his car and hit the center divider going 70 mph, caught air, flipped, slid upside down across two lanes of highway and ended up in a ditch. He crawled out from under the wreckage through the passenger side window and brushed himself off, plenty shaken up yet only suffering minor scrapes and cuts.
He is thankful to be alive and counting his blessings, but the wreck has cost him his car, destroyed some music equipment and personal belongings and has left him stranded in the middle of the country with no alternate mode of transportation back home. A Go Fund Me page has been set up in an attempt to recover some of what has been lost and to finance alternate travel back to California. If you want to help, please click on this link:http://www.gofundme.com/briantravis
Another way to show support for Brian is to make a donation to his Kindness of Strangers Tour, via paypal here:
or order a CD on the "STORE" page of his website. Sales of his music directly support his efforts in this difficult time. Many thanks and much respect to all. The most important thing for folks to know in all of this is that Brian is alive and safe, and we are grateful for any help.
Official Release of the Siren Music Video!
At long last, the Brian Travis Band music video for "Siren" from the George Landress produced album, The Coyote & The Crow is officially released after its premier as an official selection at the 2014 SPROCKETS Music Video Film Fest in Athens, Georgia.
This project could not have happened without the following people who believed in us enough to support the music video budget financially. We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the following people who donated funds to make this music video a reality. A big BIG amazing thank you goes out to the following contributors:
Luna Achiary, Erin Denti, Sarah Green, George Landress, Terryl Phillips, Adam Mogil, Morgan Johnson, Jodi Leib, Barbara Pond, Jenny Dang, Marie Llous, Cedar Johnson & Denise Stevens.
I'd like to list all the credits of the music video here as well because it took a team to make this happen and we are thankful to everyone who contributed their talent and skills.
- Directed by: David Barlia
- Produced by: David Barlia & Brian Travis
- Story by: David Barlia & Brian Travis
- Storyboards & Concept Illustration: Brian Travis
- Animation: David Barlia
- Animation backgrounds and illustration: Brian Travis
- Brian Travis....The Sailor
- Renee Kay....The Siren
- Mark Wickliffe....The Captain
- Joe Arena....Sailor Joe
- Steve Weil....Sailor Steve
- Taylor Fance
- Claudia Cloud
- Claudia Cloud
- Claudia Cloud
- Captain Mange Entertainment / Michael J. Elwell Productions.
- Moon Set Film Constructions (Special Thanks for use of the boat)
"Siren" Selected to Compete at Sprockets Festival!
The new BTB music video for "Siren", directed by David Barlia, is an official selection at Sprockets International Music Video Film Festival!
Started in 2004, this annual festival is held each summer in Athens, Georgia - a city known worldwide for its vibrant local music and arts scene. Athens is the perfect place to celebrate the festivals love for music videos and bring together the international music video industry.
"Siren", which is up for Best Music Video and an Audience Choice Award will screen on July 19th at The 40 Watts Club in Athens GA. Songwriter Brian Travis and video director David Barlia will be attending the music video festival in the event that the video receives those accolades. Fingers crossed!!
We would also like to announce that the "Siren" music video will be "officially" released worldwide via Youtube and Vimeo on Friday, July 25th 2014! We can't wait for everyone to see it!
For tickets and more info, checkout more information at the Sprockets website!
KPIG radio in the bay area (107.5 FM) are featuring The Brian Travis Band's new CD, "The Coyote & The Crow" on their new music show, "Fresh Pork Chops" which airs every night this week (Monday June 16th to Friday June 20th) at 7pm. You can listen live if you are in the Santa Cruz/Watsonville area or you can subscribe for a free one week trial subscription at www.kpig.com and stream the radio station to hear the BTB featured on the airwaves!
Hey all, I'm back in LA (refreshed from my 4 month solo acoustic tour of the Pacific Northwest) and the time has finally arrived to present the long awaited screening of the "Siren" music video. I know you all have been waiting a long time, and I am happy to say that the video looks amazing and I assure you it will have been worth the wait.
The night will be part wrap party, part live concert and part going away party (as I will be hitting the road on the second leg of my Kindness of Strangers Tour on April 6th en route to Nashville and will not be returning to LA until August).
The festivities will take place at Bar Lubitsch on Monday, March 31st. The music video screening will be presented by director David Barlia and myself with a few stories on how the video was made, a Q&A with the director, cast and crew followed by an acoustic Brian Travis Band performance.
There will be production art and storyboard art on display and there is ample parking both on the street and in the lot next to the venue. Bar Lubitsch is a very intimate, warm and friendly performance space and is the perfect place to hold this advance fan screening of the "Siren" music video.
The whole evening begins promptly at 8pm. Your presence is requested and appreciated. Again, the video looks glorious and I cannot wait for you all to finally see it!
HELP GET THE BTB ON THE RADIO, JOIN THE STREET TEAM!
The Brian Travis Band radio promo blitz has begun! We are working with our producer George Landress and radio promoter Rob Adam Jackson to help us achieve our goal of getting BTB music on the airwaves! We are asking for the help of our fans to make calls to regional radio stations in California and Oregon requesting our single, "Evaporate". If you would like to join the BTB Street Team as a volunteer caller it could really tip the scales and make a big difference in helping years and years of hard work come to fruition. If you would like to be a part of this exciting radio campaign, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our Street Team co-ordinator, Camryn Graver-Dowd will call you with station request lines and times to call and brief you on what to say.
The Kindness of Strangers Tour Poster!
The Pacific Northwest leg of The Brian Travis Kindness of Strangers Tour is wrapping up and to commemorate this portion of the tour briantravis.com is offering a collectible limited edition tour poster with a donation of $20 or more to The Kindness of Strangers Tour. Remember that 25% of your donation to the KOS tour also goes to the Red Cross Typhoon Hayian relief efforts. These limited edition tour posters are signed and numbered by the artist making them a very rare piece of Brian Travis Band memorabilia.
For $50 (or more) donation to The Kindness of Strangers Tour you will receive a limited edition signed and numbered tour poster AND a very special (and personal) solo acoustic recorded MP3 of your favorite Brian Travis Band song that will arrive in your inbox in Febuary/March 2014.
Announcing "The Brian Travis Kindness of Strangers Tour 2013"!
Brian Travis is embarking on an open ended tour across the bay area this fall/winter to promote the new BTB CD, "The Coyote & The Crow" with the help of fans and supporters. The tour concept is simply this: One Man. One acoustic guitar. A backpack filled with CD's, minimal resources and booking the shows from a laptop while on the road. Brian's goal is to play venues all over the USA on his way to Nashville this spring living only on what people give him in exchange for his performances and the support of fans like you. What you get in return for your support is a weekly Kindness of Strangers Tour video episode which will be uploaded to bt.com once a week so you can keep up with the tour and follow along with Brian as he promotes the tour and his new CD at shows and radio stations all across the bay and beyond.
Go to the News page for more videos of the tour!
The tour will be supported only from donations and contributions from the audiences and from longtime supporters such as yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: In light of the recent tragedy in the Philippines, and inspired by all the donations and acts of kindness that I have received while on the road, I've decided to donate 25% of what folks contribute to The Kindness of Strangers Tour to the Philippine Red Cross to help the victims of the Typhoon. This includes CD sales at ALL my shows as well. In the spirit of giving back and helping those in need, I invite you to support both the efforts of a touring indie musician and Typhoon Hayian relief efforts.
REWARDS: A donation to "tour support" of $20 or more will get you a signed, limited edition full color Kindess of Strangers Tour 2013 poster with all the tour dates once the tour winds down to a close at the end of the year. A contribution of $50 or more will get you the poster plus a custom live CD of your favorite BTB song performed as a stripped down acoustic version to commemorate this rare acoustic one man tour recorded exclusively for you. These rewards will be sent to those who've make a contribution to the tour, shortly after the first leg of the tour wraps up at the end of the year in January 2014.
Check out the News Page for more information!
Happy Birthday Brian Travis!
It's Brian Travis' birthday and we're celebrating with a BT birthday shindig at Abuelitas in Topanga on Friday, August 30th at 10pm. Brian would love to be surrounded by friends and fans at his birthday show, so please do your best to be there to share the experience and to celebrate another trip around the sun for BT!
Abuelitas is located at 137 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA and the live music kicks off at 10pm and goes until midnight.
See *YOU* there!
The BTB return to Santa Barbara!
It's smack dab in the middle of Summer 2013 and The Brian Travis Band are about to embark on two back to back shows in Santa Barbara playing as an acoustic trio! We've re-arranged the material to fit a more stripped down approach and are looking forward to experienceing some rootsy, acoustic magic with you all BTB style!
Check out the Tours Page for more information!
Our first SB appearance is on Thursday, August 1st at Soho Restaurant & Music Club located at 1221 State St #205, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 at 8:45pm. Adam Walker opens at 7:30pm and News of the Fire follow the BTB at 10:30pm.
This will be our first time at this venue and we really could use the support of familiar faces and loved ones at this show. For our LA family and friends, I know it's quite a trek, but it would make a great summer 2013 memory and SB is such a dang gorgeous place to be in the summer! For our long neglected SB friends and fans, we hope you can catch us as this will be our first concert in Santa Barbara since 2006!
We are certainly looking forward to returning to Santa Barbara and I hope (wherever you reside) you decide to join us at Soho and make some summertime magic happen with us!
If you just cannot get enough of the BTB, fear not! We will be performing the very next night (Friday, August 2nd) from 7-10pm at The Cold Spring Tavern located at 5995 Stagecoach Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The historic tavern location is a little tricky to find, but well worth the trip up into the Santa Barbara mountains. This venue is absolutely magical and is a destination spot for bikers, families and friends who enjoy a pint of great ale in a woodsy, rootsy setting surrounded by wilderness. It truly is a get-away and an experience that will stay with you long after the night of music is over.
Here are some more detailed directions for The Cold Spring Tavern: Take Hwy 101 to Hwy 154, go up the mountain to the top, then, one mile down the valley side, turn left onto Stagecoach Road. Take a direct right and go down the canyon for about 1 1/2 miles to the Tavern.
We are looking forward to both Santa Barbara appearances and we encourage you all to share the experience with us. They are gonna be shows to remember and it's always so much more fun when *YOU* are there with us!
Check Out News on a BTB Music Video!
Go to the News page for a sneak peak at a new BTB music video, and find out how you can help make it happen!
Acoustic Radio Show May 22nd!
The Brian Travis Band are performing acoustic on May 22nd at LA RADIO STUDIO in Long Beach as part of the LA Radio Studio Sessions and will be featured in the 9pm segment with host Mike Stark.
Mike Stark is a veteran broadcaster who has worked in all areas of the broadcasting business for over 40 years. Starting out in television in the early 70's, Stark spent over 10 years with the ABC Television Network as an administrator before moving to his first love of radio.
Throughout his radio career, Stark has worked in a variety of radio positions. In the mid-90's he hosted his own weekly talk show on the legendary heavy metal station KNAC-FM, while producing the station’s daily morning show.
Stark also worked for the ABC owned Los Angeles stations KABC-AM and KLOS-FM. After leaving his staff position at ABC radio in the mid-80's, Mike worked as a freelance producer in local radio, network radio, and syndicated radio.
There are multiple ways to listen to the podcast:
- Listen live at: http://laradiostudio.com/CamChat
- Via TuneIn at: http://tunein.com/radio/La-Radio-Studio-s196975/
- Shoutcast.com at: http://126.96.36.199:8034/listen.pls
- Via UStream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/laradiostudio
It will later be posted as a "podcast" on ITunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/la-radio-sessions/id540258347 and will also be posted at the shows Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LARadioSessions
Tune in live on May 22nd and hear the band being interviewed about their new CD, The Coyote & The Crow. They will be performing 3 songs from the new CD live and acoustic as well.
Live Show at Seventy7 Lounge May 29th!
The band's interview at LA RADIO SESSIONS will be to promote an acoustic show at Seventy7 Lounge on May 29th / 9pm as part of 77LIve, and acoustic songwriting showcase. 77Live is a music show that features the best singer/songwriters in Los Angeles at the Seventy7Lounge in Culver City.
Praise for The Coyote & Crow live show:
"I just wanted to say how excellent the show at Zoey's was! Everyone was in excellent form and the band put a seamless show together! BTB rocked the house!" - Jennifer Deirmendjian
"You guys sounded great last night, and this album is a beautiful piece of work." - Annie Boxell
"Such an amazing show!!! your songs practically grabbed me out of my seat begging me to dance! haha what a blast! cant wait til the next one! So glad I grabbed a CD to!!" - Olivia Ellis
"The Zoey's CD Release show was soooo great!!! I mean, I was expecting a great show, but even I didn't realize it would be as amazing as it was!!! My boyfriend and I had so much fun! Thanks for the invite! the new album is PHENOMENAL!!" - Ayla Armstrong