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The Travis Book Happy Hour

The Travis Book Happy Hour

By Travis Book

The Travis Book Happy Hour is hosted by Travis Book of the GRAMMY Award-winning band, The Infamous Stringdusters. The show’s focus is musical collaboration and conversation around music and matters of being. The podcast is the best of the interviews and music from the original livestream show recorded in Asheville, NC. The podcast is brought to you by Americana Vibes, iamavl, Thompson Guitars and the Grey Eagle.
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Episode 16: Nicki Bluhm
Episode 16: Nicki Bluhm
In the spring of 2021 I was joined on the Happy Hour by my good friend Nicki Bluhm. I’d first met Nicki when her band The Gramblers was opening for the Stringdusters in Montana. Later she joined us as a sixth member for our Ladies & Gentlemen tour following the release of the album by the same name. Funny, gracious, and kind, we became good friends and when I started the show she was at the top of my list. We had a wonderful couple of days playing and talking and the resulting interview is really special. Time Stamps: :06  Soundbyte :37  Introduction 1:40  Ashworth/Maher groovin intro 2:14  “I had an interesting week myself” 3:00  on agitation and anger 5:53  Hide No More 9:35  on waiting for grace 11:05  Beauty in the Ugliest Days 14:45  live advert w/ vamp by Ashworth/Maher 17:10  Interview w/ Nicki Bluhm 47:20  Nicki a cappella 51:17  It’s Ok Not To Be Ok 54:43  Still The One 58:08  To Rise You Gotta Fall 1:02:55  Outro
01:04:16
August 16, 2022
Episode 15: Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)
Episode 15: Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)
In the summer of 2021 I was joined on the Happy Hour by the legend Vince Herman. His band Leftover Salmon was one of the first bands I obsessed over, burning bootlegs from my friends library and following them all over Colorado. Vince was always the life of the party, and still is; the night before we taped this episode we stayed up late in my mom’s kitchen drinking mescal and playing music. One of my biggest influences and favorite people, I was honored he agreed to join Lyndsay Pruett and I for the show. Time stamps: :06 sound byte :45 introduction 1:53 Bill’s introduction 3:00 Rise Sun 5:52 unprepared monologue 6:50 about the stream not working 8:22 Top Shelf Rock Bottom 13:06 Morning Light 15:24 Get Up and Go 20:20 Hey Woody Guthrie 25:20 interview 44:24 Love Grown Cold 48:48 Maude Only Knows 53:04 Brand New Good Old Days 56:48 Let In A Little Light 60:00 Outro
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August 02, 2022
Episode 14: Josh Daniel - Recorded January 2021
Episode 14: Josh Daniel - Recorded January 2021
In January of 2021 I was joined by Josh Daniel on the Happy Hour. Josh had been streaming live every single day of the pandemic from his home in Charlotte, NC and I was honored he brought the stream to the mountains for a couple days. A man of faith, full of gratitude, and a musical master, Josh has played in bands, duos and as a solo artist. We were joined by Mike Ashworth for this musical adventure deep in the midst of the pandemic’s second wave. 00:06 Soundbite: Following the Spirit 1:37 Introduction 3:05 on Right Livelihood 7:49 Everything Is Free 13:30 a word from our sponsors 14:42 Interview 42:36 Silver Lining 49:22 Throw A Little Light My Way 55:25 Travelin’ Song 59:00 The Truth is Out There 1:03:45  Outro
01:03:34
July 19, 2022
Episode 13: Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) - Recorded March 2021
Episode 13: Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) - Recorded March 2021
In March of 2021 I invited my oldest musical cohort and one of my best friends, Anders Beck to join me on The Happy Hour. Anders and I spent the first 3 or 4 years of our careers in the front seats of my 92 Ford Explorer and have 20 years of history. I love him dearly and I’m not pulling any punches in this episode. We were joined by our Broke Mountain Bluegrass Bandmate Jon Stickley for this musical retrospective. I love Anders’ humor and insight and find him to be endlessly inspiring. :08  Soundbite 1:00  Introduction 2:57  Rise Sun 6:34  Howard Hughes Blues 12:20  Interview 41:49  All That I Can Take 48:44  Reservoir Hill 52:00  Casual Wednesday 56:24  How Far I’d Fall 1:00:35 Stickley thinking about Andy Thorn 1:02:59 Long Lonesome Day 1:07:56 Outro Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
01:08:45
July 05, 2022
Episode 12: Tony Rice Tribute pt. 2
Episode 12: Tony Rice Tribute pt. 2
This episode is the second half of my tribute to legendary guitarist and musician Tony Rice. The entire show runs in chronological order and was designed as a career retrospective so there was really no question that there would be little to no editing. Huge thanks to Jon Stickley, Lyndsay Pruett, and Shawn Lane. I could not think of a better group to honor Tony’s music and I’m grateful for their dedication to the project. We occasionally play as Still Inside; a Tribute to Tony Rice at my weekly gig at 185 King St. in Brevard and this music and this ensemble always makes me extremely happy. Timestamps :07  soundbite Shawn Lane on song selection :50 introduction 1:58 on Bluegrass Album Band 2:41 interview w/ Shawn Lane 7:00 Please Search Your Heart 9:56 Jerusalem Ridge 13:42 noodling, Thompson Guitars & Can’d Aid 14:55 on songs, songwriters, Allison Krauss 16:00 Cold On the Shoulder 20:00 interview w/ Lyndsay Pruett 25:16 Port Tobacco 31:33 on Blake & Rice, Gordon Lightfoot 32:18 I’m Not Saying 35:53 Night Flyer 40:12 on the Pizza Tapes 41:07 Shady Grove 46:56 on his final recordings 49:11 noodling w/ Bill K 51:06 Manzanita 55:40 outro
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June 21, 2022
Episode 11: Tony Rice Tribute pt. 1
Episode 11: Tony Rice Tribute pt. 1
On Christmas Day 2020 we lost the greatest flat top flat picker of all time, the incredible Tony Rice. I’ve been obsessed with Tony’s music since the first time I came across it and immediately set to work putting together a tribute to this legend. He was a huge inspiration for me and all of my contemporaries and I am so grateful to Shawn Lane, Lyndsay Pruett, and Jon Stickley for helping me produce this career retrospective. I loved Tony Rice and this is my gift to him and any would-be/should be fans of this musical luminary. The show ran nearly 2 hours and I didnt want to cut anything out so I split it into two episodes. :06 soundbite: Stickley on Tony’s tuning 1:16 introduction 3:50 on Tony Rice, the show 5:36 Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler 9:06 on J.D. Crowe and The New South, David Grisman Quintet 11:00 Swing 51 14:54 on Dawg music, Manzanita and Acoustics 16:20 Old Train 19:00 on Tony’s split musical personalities 20:47 Soul of Man 24:18 Old Gray Coat 30:20 noodling and advertisements 31:57 Neon Tetra 40:22 on Tony’s singing 41:16 Model Church 45:35 on Church St. Blues 45:55 interview w/ Jon Stickley 48:43 Orphan Annie 51:41 outro
52:42
June 07, 2022
Episode 10: Kyle Tuttle (Recorded January 2021)
Episode 10: Kyle Tuttle (Recorded January 2021)
In January of 2021 I invited banjo player Kyle Tuttle to join me on The Happy Hour. Kyle is one of my favorite people; an absolute delight and he’s partly responsible for the Happy Hour’s genesis. His banjo playing is singular and his sense of humor sharp. Kyle’s definitely worth hearing from. He’s currently touring with Molly Tuttle and Golden Road and he has a new record that I had the honor of playing on, due to be released in the fall of 2022. Timestamps :06  soundbite: how he rolls :51 introduction 3:05 monologue 6:02 I Will Lead You Home 8:50 welcome Lyndsay Pruett 9:37 If I Had A Hammer 12:27 on how Kyle helped start the Happy Hour 15:07 interview w/ Kyle Tuttle 33:40 Ship Of Fools 39:00 on Earl Scruggs (Kyle) 40:00 Home Sweet Home 41:21 I Wonder 45:22  on Not Quite Spring (Kyle) 46:55 Not Quite Spring 50:26 Goodle Days 54:28 Birdie Strut 1:00:29 Outtro
01:01:33
May 24, 2022
Episode 9: Sierra Hull (Recorded May 5, 2021)
Episode 9: Sierra Hull (Recorded May 5, 2021)
Sierra Hull is a legend in the making. A superb and accomplished musician, she’s shared the stage with everyone from Bela Fleck to Allison Krauss to Corey Wong. I was already a fan, and appreciated her music, but I was unprepared for how completely she’d blow me away with her insight and humility. Not only an absolute shredder on the mandolin, she’s an accomplished songwriter and distinctive singer with no pretense. Down to earth with a sharp sense of humor, Sierra made for an absolutely ideal guest for the Happy Hour. Timestamps: :05   Soundbite 1:15  Intro 3:15  Rise Sun 5:50  Monologue 9:00  Gentle On My Mind 13:50  Sierra Introduction 14:30  Interview 1 33:50  Queen of Hearts 40:00   Weighted Mind 44:00  Middle of the Woods 47:38  Interview 2 1:05:21 Sierra & Justin Mandolin Duet 1:08:40 Outro Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
01:09:31
May 10, 2022
Episode 8: Barrett Smith and Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) - Recorded Oct 14, 2020
Episode 8: Barrett Smith and Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers) - Recorded Oct 14, 2020
Mike and Barrett, like most musicians, are much more than their roles in Steep Canyon Rangers. Barrett’s also an accomplished fingerstyle guitar player and he and Mike have performed traditional Italian music as a duo for nearly a decade. It was only recently that Barrett joined the Steeps as their full-time bass player, but these two have a long friendship and history. Mike lives down the street from me and I was itching to hear some italian music and pick these guys brains so I invited them out for The Happy Hour and was not disappointed. Barrett delivered some inspired performances and we had some great conversation. Hope you enjoy! Featuring Barrett Smith (@barrettnow1320) and Mike Guggino (@mikeguggino) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 1:39 Interview  19:30 Italian Duo  34:56 I Am A Pilgrim  41:00 The Harbor and The Sea  46:20 Wake Me Up  50:30 Sisters & Brothers Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
56:49
July 02, 2021
Episode 7: Benny Galloway - Recorded Nov 11, 2020
Episode 7: Benny Galloway - Recorded Nov 11, 2020
Benny “Burle” Galloway was the first person to hand me an upright bass. Burle was the first person to help me write a song (some call that a co-write). Burle taught me about space, melody, songwriting, listening, tone, reefer, and erasers when I was discovering bluegrass and related acoustic music in Durango, CO. My only solo album, Alice, was a tribute to the man and his guitar. We still play and write, probably always will. It was really fun to have him on the show. He was on his best behavior; wily as ever, charming, funny, and still the best damn songwriter ever. We had Tommy Maher join us because he’s the right guy for the job. Featuring Benny "Burle" Galloway (@burle_galloway) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 2:35 It’ll Be Alright  5:18 Ain’t Been Myself In Years  9:30 Interview with Benny Galloway  34:06 Ghost in the Guitar  41:00 Why Cry  46:30 Long Lonesome Day  50:06 Poor Boys Delight  55:45 Gimme Some Wings  1:02:07   Sing Me Back Home Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
01:06:50
July 02, 2021
Episode 6: Mimi Naja (Fruition) - Recorded Sep 2, 2020
Episode 6: Mimi Naja (Fruition) - Recorded Sep 2, 2020
Mimi Naja will inevitably be etched in annals of american music. Her style is unique but familiar, with no pretense, pragmatic to the core. I knew her first as a wide-eyed mando wunderkind ranging the grounds of Planet Bluegrass. In Fruition she’s grown into a telecaster-wielding rocker with no fear. She delivered a killer upright bassline on King of the Road, and a ripping mandolin break on Things in Life, but the highlights of this session are the songs she wrote and the brutal honesty of her interview. Mimi is the truth and I’m so grateful we could share the stage with Lyndsay Pruett on this awesome session. Featuring Mimi Naja (@miminaja) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 2:55 Travelin Teardrop Blues  8:00 Interview with Mimi Naja  26:00 Have Love Will Travel  29:43 Beside You  35:04 Northern Town  39:20 Things in Life Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
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July 02, 2021
Episode 5: Travis Book - Recorded Oct 28, 2020
Episode 5: Travis Book - Recorded Oct 28, 2020
Faced with a last-minute guest cancellation, I decided the show must go on so I enlisted regular collaborator and Happy Hour House Band member Tommy Maher to join me on dobro and take over interviewing duties, essentially turning the microphone on myself! I played some of my favorite songs and Tommy asked me some of the same questions I ask my guests. Tommy really rose to the occasion at the last minute. Hope you dig. Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
58:07
July 02, 2021
Episode 4: Jesse Iaquinto & Tommy Maher (Fireside Collective) - Recorded Aug 19, 2020
Episode 4: Jesse Iaquinto & Tommy Maher (Fireside Collective) - Recorded Aug 19, 2020
Jesse and Tommy both became fast friends when I worked with their band, Fireside Collective, on their debut album Circles. When I started putting together these “funny little bands” for The Happy Hour and my weekly show at 185 King St. in Brevard, NC, I knew the three of us would make an easy combo. I also knew that both Jesse and Tommy were deep thinkers, engaged with the world and their place in it. We had a great time and enlightened conversation. I hope you enjoy the podcast. Featuring Jesse Iaquinto (@jesse_fireside) and Tommy Maher (@tommymahermusic) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 2:20 Back Home  6:40 Interview  30:50 Cabin Song  34:17 Back to Caroline  37:32 High Time  43:28 Bring it on Home Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
49:34
July 02, 2021
Episode 3: Matt Rieger & Andy Dunnigan (The Lil Smokies) - Recorded Oct 21, 2020
Episode 3: Matt Rieger & Andy Dunnigan (The Lil Smokies) - Recorded Oct 21, 2020
Rev Rieger and Dunnigan came out to the house for three days in October of 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. They flew from Montana, slept in my kids beds, shared the house with my mother and I. It wasn’t ideal conditions, but they didn’t bat an eye; they just wanted to make  music. And that’s what we did. It’s no secret that I love dobro, and a trio of guitar/dobro/upright bass with three singers is just about my favorite combo to play in. We also riffed on some really interesting ideas and, as always, got into matters of being. Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy! Featuring Matt Rieger (@matthewriegermusic) and Andy Dunnigan (@dobrohobo) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 1:19 I’m not Alone  6:20 My Old Friend  9:40 Interview  35:04  38:54  42:30 One More Chance  47:25 California  52:53 Back Home  101:20 The City  105:53 Time to Move On Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
01:09:58
July 01, 2021
Episode 2: Jon Stickley - Recorded July 14, 2020
Episode 2: Jon Stickley - Recorded July 14, 2020
I first met Jon Stickley in 2004 in North Carolina, two days before we were set to record with Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), and Robin Davis. The band was Broke Mountain and the rest is still unfolding, but needless to say that was a seminal point in all of our lives and careers. Jon is one of my best friends and favorite musicians and one of the reasons I moved to Western North Carolina. Playing with him is always a joy and that was the topic of conversation on The Happy Hour that evening in July of 2020. Featuring Jon Stickley (@jonstickleytrio) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 2:53 Rise Sun  5:28 Intro for Stickley  6:40 Jon Interview  17:42 Won’t You Come and Sing for Me  19:32 Mildrelphia  27:15 Blackburn Brothers  32:28 Comin’ Down 35:45 Far I’d Fall  39:44 Places I’ve Been Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
44:10
July 01, 2021
Episode 1: Lindsay Lou - Recorded Aug 5, 2020
Episode 1: Lindsay Lou - Recorded Aug 5, 2020
I absolutely fell in love with Lindsay Lou the first time I saw her perform. I know of a thousand other people that would say the same. She writes, performs, and sings from a deep place, rooted and steady. Her music makes me feel connected to life and the earth and truth. Can you tell I’m a fan? I was thrilled she agreed to join me for The Happy Hour in August of 2020. She agreed to play some of my favorite songs of hers and we had a great conversation about the state of things and our states of being. I hope you enjoy! Featuring Lindsay Lou (@lindsayloumusic) Brought to you by Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes) 2:20 Planets  8:40 Beauty in the Ugliest Days  13:55 Introduction of Lindsay Lou  14:40 Lindsay Interview  24:20 Reconstruction  28:52 River Jordan 33:10 The Voice  37:00 Go There Alone Follow us! Travis Book Happy Hour (@thetravisbookhappyhour) Travis Book (@travisbook) Americana Vibes (@americana.vibes)
42:47
July 01, 2021