Bud and Travis (Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson) were a part of the late-50s, early 60s American folk explosion, the same scene that produced such notable folk acts as Ian and Sylvia, Harry Belafonte, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and most popular of all, The Kingston Trio. Of all these great performers, Bud and Travis had the fewest hit singles and the smallest popular following. Nonetheless, the quality of their musicianship and the timelessness of their material has ensured that they are still passionately remembered by many folk fans and even appreciated by much younger generations. Their influence is plainly heard in and widely acknowledged by a slew of more contemporary artists, including David Crosby and Linda Ronstadt.
Frank Hamilton, a noted guitarist (formerly of the Weavers and Frank and Valucha) who played with Bud and Travis many times at Chicago's Gate of Horn, remarks: "Bud and Travis were, in my humble opinion, two of the most musical of musicians in the pop-folk field. This, of course, was our commonality. Although they were great entertainers, they both were gifted in their musicality. Their guitar arrangements were beautiful."
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