What’s funny about that is Travis Linville has been a legend since he started playing in bars with a fake I.D. at age 17, fronted the legendary Burtschi Brothers in the late 90s, and he’s released four solo EPs and albums all highlighting his immense musical talents. In that same article, Rolling Stone described him as, “Eighties-era Randy Newman with an earnest James Taylor softness, but scuffed up just enough by a guy with plenty of miles on the road – and in the air (he’s a licensed pilot)”.
We’re not sure about that, but as musicians go, he’s our favorite kind — one that nurtures the great young talent we have here in Oklahoma. He’s produced records by Oklahoma talents John Fullbright, Carter Sampson, Jason Scott, Dylan Stewart, Erin O’Dowd and many more. He also taught guitar lessons to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap. Those youngsters and others like John Moreland, John Calvin Abney and Turnpike Troubadours still talk about he influence the Burtschi Brothers had on them growing up.
A gifted instrumentalist, Linville is also known for his work as a sideman with Texas songwriter Hayes Carll, who calls him “criminally underrated,” and as a solo artist he’s performed with Willie Nelson, Tommy Allsup, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Ryan Bingham, Billy Joe Shaver and Marty Stewart.
“Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it’s supposed to be done,” Carll says. “With depth, heart and soul. One of my all-time favorite musicians.”
A potluck fundraiser (suggest donation of $20) will precede the show at the Vassar Center. Potluck and doors open at 5 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m.