Travis Book, songwriter and bass player for Grammy Award-winning bluegrass quintet the Infamous Stringdusters, is pleased to roll out the first full season of The Travis Book Happy Hour Podcast, powered by Americana Vibes. This podcast is a collection of interviews that were recorded live over the course of summer 2020 while the music industry at large came to a pause due to Covid-19.
Travis debuted his ‘Happy Hour’ concept in June 2020 with longtime collaborator Sarah Siskind and has since become a staple in the Asheville, NC music scene - with its home base located at The Grey Eagle. The events, which were initially streamed via Facebook Live, are designed to offer a combination of music, conversation and happiness, where Travis melds together unique musical collaborations and conversations about matters of being - all revolving around a common theme.
The first season, which is available now, features such guests as Lindsay Lou, Jon Stickley, Rev Matt Reiger & Andy Dunnigan (The Lil Smokies), Jessie Iaquinto & Tommy Maher (Fireside Collective), Mimi Naja (Fruition), Benny "Burle" Galloway and Barrett Smith & Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers).
The full, 8-episode season can be streamed here -> https://anchor.fm/travis-book
"I remember sometime during preparation for my fifth episode it dawned on me that the Happy Hour would translate brilliantly to podcast format," shared Travis. "After Season 1 wrapped, I spent a week in the studio distilling these episodes down to their essence and I'm really happy with the result. Unique, one-time-only musical collaborations, and in-depth interviews that go beyond the typical 'tell us about your latest record' softball questions; The Travis Book Happy Hour Podcast is my contribution to the podcast space and I'm really proud of what Americana Vibes and I have created."
Since recording this first season, Travis has continued hosting his live Happy Hour with guests such as Nicki Bluhm, Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Sierra Hull and more.
Travis will be busy this summer and fall as the Infamous Stringdusters set back out for tour. The band, who recently released A Tribute to Bill Monroe, will embark on the following dates, beginning mid-July:
July 17/18 - Terrapin Crossroads - San Rafael, CA
July 20/21 - Horning's Hideout - North Plains, OR
July 23 - Rockygrass Festival - Lyons, CO
July 24 - Dillon Amphitheater - Dillon, CO
July 30/31 - Pine Creek Lodge - Livingston, MT
Aug 19 - Blue Ox Music Festival - Eau Claire, WI
Aug 20 - Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL
Aug 21 - Riverside Amphitheater - Hamilton, OH
Sep 11 - Candler Park Festival - Atlanta, GA
Sep 16 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
Sep 17 - Watermelon Picker's Festival - Berryville, VA
Sep 18 - ROMP Fest - Owensboro, KY
Sep 19 - Borderland Music Festival - East Aurora, NY
Oct 8 - Hillberry Music Festival - Eureka Springs, AR
Oct 9 - Brooklyn Bown - Nashville, TN
Oct 10 - Rooster Walk - Martinsville, VA
Oct 13 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC
Oct 15 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
Oct 16 - Spirit of Suwannee - Live Oak, FL
Oct 17 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Oct 20 - The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN
Oct 21 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Oct 22 - EXPRESS Live - Columbus, OH
Oct 23 - Royal Oak Music Theater - Royal Oak, MI
Dec 9-13 - Strings & Sol - Puerto Morelos, MX