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Author Topic: Travis Holland
Bill Hood
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Post Travis Holland
on: June 6, 2016, 20:16

While Travis was not a contributor to the Austin Sun, he was a big part of the music scene in Austin having played rhythm and bass guitar with many, if not most Texas progressive country artists during his life.

Travis grew up in Charlie, Texas, near Wichita Falls. He attended North Texas State University in Denton, where he studied under professor Stan Alexander. It was at North Texas that Travis met Steve Fromholz and later spent many years on the road playing in Fromholz bands. A scrawny, dark-haired man, he spoke with a Texas drawl that was interspersed with long pauses, which others were never sure if he was thinking about what to say next or had simply lost his train of thought, altogether.

There are as many stories about Travis as there are the nights he played on stage. Jan Reid in "The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock", wrote:

"Alexander didn't think Fromholz had much talent, and neither did Travis Holland, who one night kicked Fromholz's door open and said, 'I'm either gonna have to teach you how to play that banjo or take it away from you.' "

Sadly, Travis Holland passed in 2016.

If you can find a copy hidden away in some library, I would suggest a reading of Texas Genesis, published as a limited edition book by B.F. Deal Publishing. It was about the Texas progressive country music scene from 1963 through 1978. It was dictated into a tape recorder by Travis Holland and compiled by Texas Songwriter and Publisher Michael Williams. It is a humorous look into the life of a musician at the time.

B.F. Deal was an Austin, Texas record label created by Michael Williams in the mid-seventies. It was an independent label which produced many Austin artists at the time including:

Mike Williams, The Radio Show BFD1 1976
Allen Wayne Damron, The Old Campaigner BFD2 1976
Ladd, Lady Up The Stairs BFD3 1976
B.F. Deal Sampler Vol. 1, BFD5 1977 included Nanci Griffith, John Garza, Frank Zigal and Will Walker.
Mike Williams, Free Man Happy Man BFD6 1977
Bill and Bonnie Hearne, Smilin' BFD7 1977
Nanci Griffith, There's a Light Beyond These Woods BFD9 1978
Tim Henderson, Waitin' For The Naked Girl To Call BFD8 1978
Mike Williams, Comin' Atcha! BFD12 1979

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