The band is based around noted bluegrass sidemen Norman Wright and Kevin Church, who toured with that name in the 1990s. With Wright on mandolin and Church on banjo, the two have teamed up with John Miller on guitar and Mike Conner on bass for a return of The Travelers.
The band is booked at this weekend’s Roanoke Fiddlefest, and visited Roanoke’s WDBJ 7 television studios over the weekend to promote the event. Long time bluegrass fans will recognize those call letters, as WDBJ was once the home of both Reno & Smiley and Flatt & Scruggs at different points in the 1950s.
Here’s a look at The Travelers doing How Could I Love Her So Much, a hit for Johnny Rodriguez in 1983 and which Wright recorded recently as a member of Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac.