The title says all of it on this positive full-length debut from Josh Travis.
Gosh, it’s a very crowded house that new singer-songwriters need to navigate to create some profile for themselves, and there appear to be dozens of performers who, with just a bit little bit of luck, might need some success. To make it tougher in that context there are only a few in latest instances who have been born and introduced up in Pennsylvania (Taylor Swift in fact being the shining exception).
So, a heat welcome to Josh Travis who hails from Erie, Pennsylvania and has remained there as much as the purpose the place his new, and somewhat good, debut album with a wonderful title, ‘Few of Days & Full of Trouble’, was recorded on the Music Backyard Studios in New Brighton, Pa. Travis launched an EP six years in the past and has been touring (and writing) for the intervening interval till he had a portfolio of songs that he felt have been adequate to fill a complete album. Utilizing his touring band to showcase the songs, and because the core for the recording (and excellent they’re too), he enlisted the manufacturing (and musical) skills of Al Torrence and between them they enhanced the guitar-driven sound with fiddle, B3 and piano, and occasional horns. As for the album itself, it’s a very positive assortment of tracks, starting from folks rock (‘Secondhand Smoke’), bluegrass (the title monitor), sluggish ballads (the attractive ‘Change of Coronary heart’), retro rock (‘Sizzling Week in August’), outdated model nation (‘The Solely Good in Me’) and an exquisite spaghetti western-style epic (‘Poor Johnny’).
Travis has honed his songwriting expertise to positive impact and the songs have uniformly enticing tunes. They cowl components of his private struggles whereas rising up however with seams of optimism sewn by way of them and a powerful non secular perception carrying him by way of. The overriding feeling is of a life laid out and the stuff you forgo to benefit from the life you have-“Trigger I can’t say I’m born for higher ‘Trigger there’s no disgrace In my Father’s work I ain’t somebody Deserving of a one thing ‘Trigger after I’m lifeless and gone They’ll put me within the filth”, from the opener ‘Secondhand Smoke, a somewhat good folks rocker with shades of The Eagles.
‘Poor Johnny’ is a music of desperation a few man who makes mistaken selections in making an attempt to make the suitable selections and it doesn’t finish effectively, with fabulous guitars from Sam Krahe on electrical and Learn Connelly on pedal metal (wonderful all through). Within the melodic ‘Change of Coronary heart’, Travis sings about indecision: “Do I actually love you Or do I simply love what you give? ‘Trigger on daily basis I get up on the lookout for A superb purpose to dwell”.
‘Few of Days & Full of Trouble’ may be very Desert Rose Band, with scintillating fiddle from Ray Buckman, and looks like a summation of the album’s essence: “Even waking up is usually a battle Strive to not shut your eyes And preserve combating the nice struggle This life is few of days and stuffed with bother”. A particular point out for ‘Opequon’, a somewhat wistful, heart-rending ballad, with its lovely sketch of life, friendship and loss.
Josh Travis has an expressive voice put to good use in quite a lot of types. The manufacturing is superb, and using his touring band offers the album an vitality which may have been lacking with brought-in sidemen. It is a excellent full-length debut and bodes effectively for Travis’ possibilities of making it, and you must search it out.