State Of Depression from Travers Chandler

“Bluegrass. Not that hybrid, genre bending acoustic music, but authentic, hard-edged bluegrass. Real songs of heartache, pain and tragedy…”

That’s how Travers Chandler & Avery County describe their music. Ouch – sounds pretty hard core!

But they mean what they say, and they play what they mean. Founding members Chandler and Adam Poindexter are both veterans of The James King Band – who knows a thing or two about “real” bluegrass. Travers has also worked with traditionalists like The Gillis Brothers, Karl Shifflet, The Bluegrass Brothers and, most recently, Danny Paisley.

Avery County has a new CD on Patuxent, State Of Depression, which showcases their hard-driving sound. Chandler is on mandolin and lead vocals, with Poindexter on banjo, Eddie Gill on guitar and Jessica Smith on bass. Audio samples for all 13 tracks are available at DigStation, and here is a video shot this summer of the band performing Nobody Cares For Me, one of the songs from the new album.

I guess they weren’t kidding!

Copies of State Of Depression are going out to radio now, and programmers can contact Patuxent for more information.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.