• SOLD OUT! • A Day and an Evening with William H. Travis and Friends – Bethlehem’s Best-Kept Indie-Folk/Americana Secret • Double Show Day + Cassette Tape ReleasePaid
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Get ready for an exceptional evening of Indie-Folk and Americana at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA, featuring two captivating shows by William H. Travis and his band, two different opening acts, and more.
4:30 PM Show:
Starting off, we’re excited to introduce Sheala, a student of Travis, followed by Becca Maye. Becca, making a rare solo appearance, will share some heartfelt tunes, including older tracks and unreleased songs reflecting her journey through the pandemic. Then, groove to the soulful melodies of William H. Travis and his band.
• SOLD OUT! • 8:00 PM Show:
Later on, catch Hailey, another of Travis’s students, before Wyatt Davidick takes the stage with his alt-folk tunes accompanied by upright bass played by Ben Sanchez, trumpet played by Liam Mckenna, and lap steel played by Erik Santana. Expect poetic lyricism and soulful melodies from Wyatt. The night wraps up with another mesmerizing set from William H. Travis and his band.
Don’t miss this evening of great music and camaraderie as we celebrate William H. Travis and his talented collaborators.
William H. Travis is a disgruntled songwriter who tries to sing in ways that aren’t personally displeasurable and to write in ways that aren’t regrettable in the hindsight years. The lyrics and music are equal parts undiagnosed depression and unhinged joy. Viewers have been overheard saying things like, “I feel like I’m at a birthday party at a funeral.” These viewers may be fictionalized as there is no documented proof of their existence. William H. Travis lives in Bethlehem, PA, and only ever leaves home to remember why it is hardly ever left. John Kimock, Alex Luquet, and Justin Mazer will be accompanying.
Becca Maye – Opening the 4:30 PM Show
Becca Maye is looking forward to sharing a batch of heartfelt and emotional songs, for a rare solo performance. It’s been years since she took the stage as a solo act, but when William H Travis asked her to join the bill for a very special night of music, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to support her kind and talented friend. She will be performing some older tracks and a few unreleased songs written in the earlier years of the pandemic. Like many people, she felt she lost her light and struggled to find her musical voice and spirit. Finally feeling like herself again (as a musician and normal person), Becca Maye is recording an album with her band Small Mess and working on new material with her friends in Ghost Lily. Visit her Bandcamp: https://smallmess.bandcamp.com/album/small-mess
Wyatt Davidick – Opening the 8 PM Show
In an attempt to dust the proverbial ceiling fan clean just to comment on the dust that falls, Wyatt Davidick, the alt-folk singer-songwriter from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, does just that. Currently accompanied by upright bass played by Ben Sanchez, trumpet played by Liam Mckenna, and lap steel played by Erik Santana. Visit his Bandcamp: https://wyattdavidick.bandcamp.com/album/demos
FROM WXPN.ORG (2016):
Meet William H. Travis, the best singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of
William H. Travis has one of those voices — you know, the kind where it seems like he was destined to become a folk singer from birth. The kind of voice that is instantly familiar, that spans generations.
The singer-songwriter hails from Bethlehem, PA, and is starting to make moves in the regional music scene. A Temple grad, he released his excellent debut album Port in 2013 (it’s available as a free download on Bandcamp; go get it right now, I’ll wait), and is gearing up to release a new EP as well. He just performed his first big show in the Philly region, opening at the Ardmore Music Hall for Steve Kimock on March 18.
On Port, Travis never strays far from his comfort zone of Americana folk. None of these songs will blow you away with unusual intricacies or aggressive new approaches. They’re just simple, emotional, down-to-earth good songs. And that’s not to say that every song on the record is the same, either. Travis, along with his six-man backing band, manages to explore an impressive variety of emotions and textures over the album’s eight tracks — on the album’s first half, Travis seamlessly transfers between the unapologetic, bouncy country jig of “Watchin’ the World” to a crawling, forlorn love song, “Rocks and Gravel.”
Lyrically, there is a rare earnestness to Travis’ writing (think Tobias Jesso Jr.). On “Goodbye Girl,” he sings of a lost relationship (“I’m standing out over the ocean/ wondering what’s all this commotion / you wave goodbye, show no sign of emotion / so goodbye, goodbye, goodbye girl”). It’s a common folk trope, made more interesting thanks to Travis’ clever rhyming.
While he can occasionally slip into some trite lyrics (on “Rocks and Gravel” he sings, “I’ll never forget the times we had/ all the good, and even the bad”), Travis is often saved by his raw emotional delivery. That exact lyric has probably been sung thousands of times, but when Travis sings it, his gravelly voice wobbling ever so slightly, it feels profound and universal.
Maybe the closest comparison to William H. Travis is Deer Tick’s John McCauley when he’s playing with Middle Brother. But at the end of the day, it might be a hopeless exercise to try and find the perfect comparison. That’s sort of the point. The appeal of Travis’ music is that it feels as if it could be sung by anyone – it’s universal. So let’s just call Travis what he is: a guy with a good voice and a guitar.
Check out his Bandcamp: https://williamhtravis.bandcamp.com/track/godspeed