“Brian Travis makes music that speaks to the soul....it speaks of life, pain, hope, redemption, He doesn't make crap that talks about partying on Friday...his lyrics are deep, and the music is soulful and addictive. The BTB touch peoples souls as good art should.”
Into The Black
"I finally got to give a listen to The Brian Travis Band's new CD on my very decent sound system. No doubt, this is, by far, their best work to date... best in material, best in production, and best in musicality.
It makes me proud to have watched this group evolve as a musician into a true professionals. Congrats. Fine work."
The Music Never Stops
"The Brian Travis Band's latest CD is a beautiful mixture of folk, country, rock and haunting ballads.
The melodies that run through and flow from each song to the next, will stay with you, playing over and over again in your mind and leave you humming the tunes in your head!
It is a story of love and loss combined with the power of pulling yourself up out of the ditch, brushing yourself off and moving forward, with the belief that it will all be alright in the end and that the sun will shine in your heart once more."
Notes from The Shed
“Started 2013 off by listening to The Coyote and the Crow by the Brian Travis Band. I am awestruck. I’m speechless. It sounds as if The BTB have stepped into every truly broken heart, took measurements and turned it into sound. The guitar work is phenomenal and Brian’s voice has really matured into a pretty powerful instrument. The Coyote & The Crow is a very strong lineup of songs from a band that has been releasing great music consistently for over 10 years. The music and lyrics of the BTB feed my soul and The Brian Travis Band are now my all time favorite band.”
“I’ve always believed that this band is bound for the Grammys, and after hearing The Coyote & The Crow I am certain that it won’t be much longer before I am tuning in to see them accepting ‘best new artist’. The new album is awesome and it really rocks!”
“Talent springs forth out of the beautiful struggles of Brian Travis’ soul, and is matched, note for note, by extraordinary musicianship. This is not just soundtrack worthy thought candy – The music perfectly emphasizes, dances, and twirls around the heartfelt universal themes and stories of the poet. If you like words that paint pictures in your mind, and music that frames and vibrantly colors the narrative, this album will be one of your favorites forever.”
“I see Brian Travis growing as an artist, finding his voice and singing his truth. It is in truth that art reveals itself. Brian follows his heart, even if it hurts, and he has a gift. I hate to put new artists in a box when describing them, because the Brian Travis Band clearly sound like their own thing, but as I have never seen them perform live I am limited to making comparisons from the recorded material I’ve heard. It would appear that their ‘sound’ has grown from something Neil Young-ish to more Michael Stipe meets Fleetwood Mac. It is a sound that fits well for this group! Carry on Brian Travis Band!”
Bombay Tea Company
"Brian's Showmanship behind the mic was rock solid and his performance brought the audience into his world, sweeping them up into the band's vision of the music. The crowds response to Brian's energy was palpable, and when the BTB are having fun onstage, as they were at Molly Malones this night, it washes over those watching and they are soon clapping along, singing choruses and entranced by the magic that happens when you experience artist who are sharing the song in their heart."
"I've been reviewing live shows for 20 years and Brian's show was one of the best gigs from an indie artist I've seen in a long time. Great, infectious songwriting, energetic performances, solid musicianship, and a spirited guest flute appearance by Aeb! In short, pretty darn amazing. Check these guys out!"
Music Connection Magazine
“Brian's surprisingly clear lyricism transcends pop”
Metro Santa Cruz
With a repertoire that includes melodic, yet muscular originals with a heady rock backbone, The Brian Travis Band has developed a loyal following, filling local venues whenever they play.”
“The most surprising music comes with simple trappings: guitars, strong vocals, and most of all, clear songwriting. Such is the case with Brian Travis' debut effort. From the opening Guitar twang of 'Best in Me' my eyes widened with delight and my ears strained to hold the music. A straight ahead rock, heavy on the vocal duo of Brian Travis and Cynthia Moon. Brian Travis' music isn't punk rock, college rock, alternative rock, indie rock or modern rock. It's just rock, pure and simple, and easily one of the best local releases of the year.”
“Brian has a really good band, some great songs, and his set was a pleasure to watch and hear. More please!”
All Access Magazine
“Anything but "Defeated", this seasoned pop/rock quartet with a political sensibility and an almost melancholy edge kept an upbeat, uplifting pace complete with tight, infectious mini jams and guitar solo's that were nothing short of stellar.”
Night Owl Magazing
“Experiencing the Brian Travis Band is a lot like breathing clean air while sunshine beats down on your face. The songs are catchy and the players are endearing. Travis delivers a full set of wholesome, feel-good music layered with insightful lyrics and tight playing. ”
“Travis and band strip their friendly, folky style of rock down to the bare wood, flaunting catchy melodies, tight playing and backing vocals that make the choruses pop. Travis delivers his messages, many of which resonate deeply in the psyche, with conviction and clarity. One thing L.A. has apparently done to Travis is turn him into a top-notch storyteller; the songs on 'Past the Breakers' keep a kung fu grip on the listener's attention while summing up basic truths in an effortlessly entertaining way. ”
"Brian Travis is a poet of phenomenal talent" - Kender McGowan
blogger and music fan
"This band produces the most amazing state of consciousness... I heard them play twice in Limerick Ireland, I bought the album and wore it out, literally, they are utterly amazing...brilliance!"
A fan from Ireland
"Brian's lyrics are thoughtful, sincere and powerful, and all the while he maintains a rhythmic, and even folky sense of being open to the audience. As a stranger to his music, I felt right at home listening to his songs with a capacity crowd slinging jokes back and forth with Brian, and drummer Mark Wickliffe and bassist Steve Weil. It gave me a sense that Brian was truly writing his life, with all the laughter and love woven into the hard-hitting lyrics."
"Brian's songwriting is on par with the best. There are only a few songwriters who have the ability to move me to tears....John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams to name a few...."
Good TImes, Santa Cruz, CA