I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have a degree in Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University, where I fronted my first band, The River. After a stint as rhythm guitarist in the San Francisco-based Blessed West, I created Cal Hollow (originally called Box Elder) in 1997. The first album, "Two Bulb Twilight", on Jericho/Sire Records, was helmed by Grammy-winning Producer John Porter (The Smiths, B.B. King), and included the single “No Mercy”, which generated substantial airplay both in the U.S. and abroad.
Later, I took off for Nashville to explore the source of all things. In 2001 I decided to move to Chicago to reform Cal Hollow and also serve as lead guitarist with piano-pop phenom Katie Todd in her band.
Over the next five years the band would play shows throughout the Midwest U.S., record three albums, and generate some label interest, ultimately remaining independent.
During that time, I continued working on my solo material, producing four more solo albums, "100% Handmade", "Someone's Awake", "Travis Dow Band", and "Back To Nowhere", and one collaborative album with lyricist Will Foreman ("The Fate of Dreams, Vol. 1").
In the Fall of 2006, I moved to Portland, Oregon. There I completed another solo album, "Mister", along with the second and third albums in collaboration with Will Foreman, "The Fate of Dreams, Vol. II and Vol. III".
I also performed with and wrote for the stellar Portland country band Concrete Cowboys, which gave me a chance to work on the country songs I've always wanted to write. Chad Kessner's voice provided the vehicle for a lot of things I couldn't say before, and the band's often packed shows provided instant feedback and an enthusiastic audience.
Recently, I have moved back to Nashville to pursue both songwriting and performing on the highest level.