Travis Book of Infamous Stringdusters Launches Radio Show

Travis Book, bassist, songwriter and lead singer of The Infamous Stringdusters, has announced a new project. Starting June 25, he will host a new online show that will combine music and discussion, streaming live from The Gray Eagle in Asheville, North Carolina.

And happiness. He told us today that would be a big part of the new show, Travis’ book happy hour, which will actually last almost 90 minutes. It will air live at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) next Thursday, with subsequent episodes streaming on Facebook and YouTube every few weeks.

“It will start in discreet and acoustic mode. Me with an acoustic and a guest with an acoustic…maybe I’ll release an acoustic bass.

I envision the show as mostly music, but we can tackle bigger issues as peers are available to join us. I’ll do a monologue at the start of each show, hoping to create a space to talk about what’s going on in the world and in the music industry. Try to share some light in this unusual time.

Book said he had thought about having his own radio show for years, joking during that time that whenever Nick Forster was ready to retire from eTownhe would be happy to intervene. But as COVID-19 restrictions dragged on, he realized there was a place in the booming world of online streaming to tackle something like this now.

And he had no doubts about where to house him.

“Grey Eagle is Asheville’s oldest concert hall. Everyone in our corner of the bluegrass industry has played it.

I started out with the idea of ​​doing this every month, but now I’m looking for every two to three weeks. It will be in seasons of 6 to 8 episodes. We’ll catch our breath after the first season and assess what will be best for the next one. I hope there will be a demand. We’ll see.

We are looking for proof of concept at this stage, and may consider sponsorship as things progress. It runs on pure faith now, me and the guys who run The Gray Eagle. I really have no idea where things will go, but we’re hopeful.

the happy hour will be soliciting donations on every show, in a pay-what-you-can mode, both for the venue and for Travis. Each episode will be broadcast live, on his personal Facebook page and that of The Gray Eagle. They have a video team that was assembled to broadcast concerts when occupancy was not permitted, and continue to broadcast live now that they can open with limited capacity.

Sarah Siskind will be the first guest, famous American singer and songwriter and Book’s ex-wife. The couple share two children together and continue to function as their parents in an extended family situation. He said she was the obvious opening guest, as they’ve shared so much of their lives together, and they’re already in each other’s COVID circle. Moreover, he considers her to be the greatest composer he has ever known.

This is how he describes Sarah for the happy hour.

“A 35-year veteran of writing and recording (she started young…super young) her latest record, Modern Appalachians, is a modern masterpiece. It’s been years since we’ve played together (or lived together for that matter), so I’m super happy to share the stage with her again. Tune in and let us show you how to maintain a sense of hope, optimism and humor in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Although he adopts a wait-and-see attitude, Travis isn’t afraid to think big.

“I hope the sky’s the limit… I really have no idea. Theoretically, this could eventually move to a subscription model, perhaps selling tickets to the live show or considering syndication. It is difficult to anticipate what the pattern will come out of the stop. Guess we’re wading into the depths to see what happens.

Be sure to watch the first episode of Travis’ book happy hour June 16 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

Of course, while we were talking, I had to ask what the Stringdusters looked like.

“The ‘Dusters do a bunch of recordings, together from separate home studios. I played Gray Eagle a few weeks ago, but that’s it. I’ve written a lot. But the ‘Dusters are on hold. since we live so far apart.

I hope we can find a way to keep making music, even if it will be difficult. The longer I lay fallow and I can’t play music with my brothers, the more I want to come back there. It’s such a big part of who we are. We are all convinced that we will be a touring band again. It feeds our soul and we feel like it is our destiny.

But it’s hard to know if we’ll still be touring as hard. This extra time spent with family has been very important to all of us.

As with so many things these days, I guess we’ll see.

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