Travis Linville is an Americana musician based in Norman.
Linville was born in Chickasha in February 1978 to a musical family. His father was the youngest member of the Linville Family Band in the 1950s, performing at dances, parties, and live on KWCO-FM in Chickasha. Surrounded by the songs of family gatherings and home-made recordings, Linville began learning guitar at the age of 15, playing songs by everyone from Hank Williams to Fats Waller. Through his music mentor Joe Settlemires (Ella Fitzgerald, The Texas Playboys), Linville was taught how to master the art of classic guitar improvisation in everything from jazz to Jerry Reed.
In 1996, Linville moved to Norman to study art and music at the University of Oklahoma, but ended up spending more time on the road making a living and paying dues playing a unique, gritty telecaster style in country music dancehalls.
In 1999, Linville was hired to play guitar for Claude Gray and 1971 CMA Entertainer of the Year Freddie Hart. On July 4 of that year, Linville performed with Willie Nelson and Claude Gray at Willie Nelson’s Picnic.
“I ended up playing onstage with Willie Nelson at that young age. It was a turning point from being a young kid underaging it in the seedy honky-tonk world to trying to do something original with my music.” - Travis Linville
Inspired by the event, Linville and longtime friend and bassist Jamie Kelley recorded a homemade album of all originals, Uncertain Texas, under the pseudonym Travis Linville and the Burtschi Brothers, a then-completely fictional band.
As a later-very real band, The Burtschi Brothers became an in-demand Americana / Jam band, touring the central and southern United States for five years. They released three more albums during their tenure, including Ain’t Being Treated Right in 2001 and and Live in Oklahoma in 2003. Hometown Blues would be released following the band’s final show on December 31, 2005.
In 2006, Linville continued playing as a solo musician, in addition to acting as a lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for several successful “Texas music” bands. Linville spent most of 2007 as a lead guitar player for singer/songwriter Hayes Carll, touring the United States, Canada, and Europe.
“Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it’s supposed to be done, with depth, heart and soul. He’s one of my all-time favorite musicians.” - Hayes Carll
Linville and Mike McClure also opened DirtyBird Recording in 2006, where Linville spent time engineering and producing albums for other musicians. In 2007, Linville recorded his first solo album, See You Around, at Dirtybird.
Linville’s 2012 EP, Sun or Moon, was mostly recorded at Bell Labs Recording, with percussion added at drummer Chris Foreman’s attic studio in Chickasha.
2000 – Uncertain Texas (as Travis Linville and the Burtschi Brothers)
2002 – Aint Being Treated Right (with The Burtschi Brothers)
2003 – Live in Oklahoma (with The Burtschi Brothers)
2006 – Hometown Blues (with The Burtschi Brothers)
2007 – See You Around
2012 – Sun or Moon EP
More About Travis Linville
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