What if we traveled back in time and the tour buses for the Kinks and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five crashed into each other? Well, we’d have quite a mess on the road, but you might come close to the sound of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, equal parts rock irreverence and vintage jazz, with a bent sense of humor thrown in for good measure.
The band is celebrating 20 years together and have commemorated the event with the release of Waving Kissyhead volume 2 & 1. Chandler Travis returns to our show to talk the new disc, the band’s ongoing “Best Bedhead Contest,” and why putting lyrics to songs almost always screws them up. He also tells the story about playing Carnegie Hall on the opening slot for comedian George Carlin.
Chandler Travis and David Greenberger have had a musical friendship that’s lasted over 30 years. Bocce & Bourbon – the Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger sums up that partnership by culling songs from Travis’ multiple bands, The Incredible Casuals, The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, The Catbirds, and The Chandler Travis Three-O, with lyrics all penned by Greenberger. In addition, the two have collaborated on eight brand new tracks to add to this compilation.
Chandler Travis’ wry sense of humor and keen melodic sense have served him well through a multi-faceted musical career. In the 1970s, his band Travis Shook & the Club Wow drew the attention comedian George Carlin, who liked the band so much, he asked them to be his opening act, a slot they occupied for several years. In the Eighties, Travis led the power pop band the Incredible Casuals, before embarking on a solo career in the Nineties. He’s got not one, but two current projects – the Chandler Travis Three-O, a scaled down version of his Chandler Travis Philharmonic, with their new CD, This is What Bears Look Like Underwater, and the roots rockin’ Catbirds, with their debut full-length Catbirds Say Yeah.