“Travers Chandler and Avery County’s first CD established their use of a formula which I really like. They play straight-ahead “grits” bluegrass music, and they apply their treatment to a nice mix of old, new, and original songs that fit comfortably in their groove. Their second album gives us more of the same, and, to me, that’s really important. I don’t like it when folks mess with something that works.
This is music that’s made for the “bark-left-on” bluegrass lover. As with any modern bluegrass player it can be interesting to examine one’s instrumental work to imagine the influences that it represents. It’s as easy to do that with Travers as it is with any other mandolin player. But here’s how even in that regard Travers is unique. No one plays with the tone that he does. He makes the tone of his instrument fit the excellent selection of songs and all the while that very sound is unique. It does not remind you of any other player. That alone makes th”
Excerpt of Liner Notes from upcoming album "Pardon Me"
“We get a lot of albums sent to us by artisits and we listen to every one of them, but Avery County's "State Of Depression" has stayed in the CD player for the last month. Travers Chandler has focused on the style of bluegrass music that developed in citys like Baltimore, Dayton, and Detroit when rural people were forced to the city to find employment.It's about feeling good about feeling bad. This album would make a great stocking stuffer for any moldy fig that can handle a little more depression during the holidays. They can be had by visiting www.averycountyband.com . The liner notes alone are worth the price of the CD! The Miller High Life, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Camel non filter cigarettes need to be purchased seperately.
PS- I liked the album so well that I booked the band for Pickin' In The Pasture next August!
“In bluegrass today words like progressive, jam, traditional and old time get tossed about like losing tickets at Pimlico. My favorite phrase in bluegrass is, “Real deal.” In my book these are bands that are playing hard hitting and high lonesome bluegrass with heart and truth pouring from each and every note. There are very few real deal bluegrass bands out there today and one of the best is Travers Chandler and Avery County out of Western North Carolina.