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From Joe Long: You cannot imagine how pleased I was to find the "new" Bud & Travis CD! I was having a difficult time deciding which songs from my B & T albums to burn onto a CD and then there it was! As much as I like their Latin songs, however, there are two or three too many for my taste on the "Best Of" CD. I am not complaining, mind you, just a bit disappointed that "South Coast" did not make the cut. Hopefully, it will be on the "Best Of, Volume Two"!
The reunion for Travis must have been great; if only Bud were still alive. I saw them perform at the "Golden Bear" in Huntington Beach when I was at Long Beach State in the mid 60's, maybe 1965, and will never forget that experience.
Thanks for the Web Page!
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From Bob Kovitz: Thanks for reminding me about the times at the Univ. of Calif. (Santa Barbara) when we eagerly awaited the annual Bud and Travis concert, always anticipating the performance of "Malaguena Salarosa."
In one of those twists of irony, I later learned finger-picking guitar styles from Frank Hamilton. Then, when I moved to Arizona, I had the chance to hear Travis Edmondson play in a local club with musician David Holt. And, my son attended a private school where his teacher was married to Earl Edmondson, Travis' nephew and talented guitarist.
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From Fred: I wanted to send you an e-mail after discovering your Bud and Travis
website... and a bunch of Bud and Travis LPs at a local thrift store.
Before yesterday, I had never heard of Bud and Travis. I went to a local thrift store, looking for LPs, and I found Bud and Travis on a number of pretty good looking LPs by Liberty. There was a bunch of them, so I
grabbed them up for 99 cents each.
I was first acquainted with Liberty records by an LP by a 1950s movie star called "Jeff Chandler Sings to You." And now Bud and Travis. The condition of these albums is remarkable. Someone had them in a collection because the albums in stereo are marked with a small piece of gray tape on the edge of the album cover. I've listened to the Latin Album and find it totally wonderful. The In Concert one interests me as the Santa Monica Auditorium is only about 40 minutes from here.
Well, that's my story on how I discovered Bud and Travis. Thanks for the web site.
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From MAJ: This web site provided much needed info. It has information I had been looking for the last few months! Thank!
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From Hector Ortiz: Mr. Straw - I have been a Bud & Travis fan for more years than I would like to admit. I grew up along the Arizona/Sonora border and spent many a night listing to their unique sound.
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From Larry Bracken: I just got the Best of CD from Rediscover Music and have truly enjoyed it! In fact, I feel guilty that I have not listened to B&T in so long. I learned to play by listening to B&T and K-trio and am glad that among all the recent CD reissues, B&T have been included. I always admired their showmanship! Now I look on eBay for some of the old albums...
And I found your very good site! Thanks.
Thanks again for your good work here and for sharing.
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From Barbara Dane: I stumbled across your Bud & Travis site and wanted to thank you. I worked with them many times "back in the day" and have always admired their work and thought they were under-recognized. You've done something concrete to rectify society's oversight!
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From César A. Martínez: While doing an unrelated net search, I came across my name in your site in the B&T story submitted by my friend, Jorge Ramirez. Here's my story:
Jorge introduced me to the music of B&T during college in the 60's. Somewhere along the line, I bought a B&T Latin album and played it to excess, it was so good. And, somewhere along the line I either lost it or accidentally damaged it beyond further use, I forget which. But I missed it a GREAT deal.
Sometime during the 80's, I had a job as a real estate photographer in San Antonio, TX and it involved a great deal of driving, taking drive-by pictures of houses. One hot San Antonio day, as I drove into a familiar subdivision to take a picture of a house, I spotted something lying in the middle of the street, something that seemed very familiar. I did a U and....it was exactly what I thought....the Bud & Travis Latin Album! It turned out to be in mint condition and a stamp on the cover indicated it was a complimentary copy that someone got for free. It has been mine since. I taped it for Jorge and now, for myself, what with all this computer technology, I made a CD of it.
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From Scully: I grew up listening to these 2 exceptional performers, and was fortunate to one of bud's students, I have been performing since I met bud. after listening to them for all those years, when I first met him, I thought I was meeting an idol. anyway, the best folk act in the country in their prime, its a damn shame they did not go further, what talent. anyway, great web site.
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From Jerry Meloy: I just discovered your web site dedicated to Bud & Travis. I have all their records. I was just looking to see about having them put on CD's when I did a search on B&T and here you are .. I thought they were long gone from memory.. Except mine. Thanx.
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From Dan Rodgers: Bud and Travis were the best! I used to eat, sleep and drink with the Bud and Travis in Concert (first one) album. I have a pretty good transcription of the chords for Los Dos if you could use it. Thanks for all the spanish lyrics... I have been singing many of them wrong for 30 years. Sad to hear about Bud... What a voice he had!
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From Karl Scott: Your web page helped renew my interest in the B&T team. I was born in 1946 and graduated from Stagg HS in Stockton, CA 6/65. While in HS, I worked as a busboy at Pacific Playhouse, a converted dinner-show room at Pacific Bowl. Not as in Rice or Teriyaki Bowl but as in Bowling Alley. The PP was Stockton's brush with pro entertainment. During its short run we saw entertainers like comedian Louis Nye, singer Pat Suzuki, comedian/singer Frankie Fontaine from the Jackie Gleason TV show, and several Vegas lounge acts.
Already a B&T fan, I was thrilled when they showed up for a short engagement, and I was fortunate to see all their shows for free since I was working there at the time. By the end of their short engagement I knew their act by heart.
Stagg HS was a large HS with about 2700 students, and each graduating class was around 900 strong. In my senior year we enjoyed a concert by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (they also played at the University of the Pacific then College of the Pacific that same night). Most miraculous of all, on Grad night we enjoyed two acts at the gym for our all night party. The first was Lionel Hampton and his orchestra, and late in the evening we enjoyed B&T. Most of the kids were not very attentive, since they were too self absorbed in partying to do anything other than make a lot of noise. Surprisingly, B&T didn't leave after the show ASAP as would be expected. They hung around for a while in our cafeteria drinking coffee (it looked like) and chatting with students. Bud was especially charming, and I feel fortunate to remember talking to him while in his prime and at the height of his abilities. During that era, I accumulated all the albums, but many were water damaged in storage. Thanks to your site I have acquired the CD and repurchased several of the albums at on-line used LP sites. I should have had my copies autographed when I had the opportunity, but at least their music is once again an important part of my life. Thanks for the site.
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From Marius Crisan: I have loved the music of Bud & Travis since the early sixties. Only recently did I discover their Best Of Album. I would like to find more of their material, either in record format or in CD. These guys were the greatest. They outdistanced the Trio and were far ahead of their time.
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From Tomi Herchag: I am an old Bud and Travis fan. I loved everything they ever did and every t v show they were ever on. I have been going through and enjoying very much all of your info on the web site about them. I will, of course, do all I can to further your efforts for another CD. THANKS.
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From Warren Sugarman: I remember them from the old Purple Onion in San Francisco. There has mever been anyone to equal them.
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From Karl Scott: After finding the Bud and Travis CD I went out and repurchased all the LPs (I had 4 of the 8 but all were water damaged). I would be interested in any or all of them on CD. I would especially like to see the In Person at the Cellar Door LP released featuring the entire performance. The tapes must exist with additional material as the single LP was time challenged. The original 2 LP concert album and the follow up Vol 2 album could be released on a single or dual CD set and resequenced to represent the original performance. Recent releases of material which have done this include the Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall (resequenced) and Tony Bennett at Carnegie which include 22 tracks not on the LP release. In any case thanks for the original release and I look forward and hope for more.
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From Kay Tyrell: Hello Thomas, I have a friend who always tells me about this song he used to love that made him laugh, and the words were something like "they're rioting in africa", etc. so I typed some of the lyrics into a search engine and found your Bud & Travis site. Wow, what a find! Thanks for all the great work you've done on this site. I really enjoyed looking at the collection.
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From RM "Doc" Livingston: In 1962 I was a part time manager/entertainer of a little coffee house in Huntington Park, CA. called the Satyre Room. Fridays were Open Mike night and anyone could perfom. A young man came in one night and did two songs in his set which have stuck with me for more than 40 years. The first was "Jonny I hardly Knew Ye, " and the other was called "Time of Man." On your B&T web site, which is very good I might add, there is no mention of Time of Man. Has this been lost? I always thought Travis had written it. The only other person I ever heard do it was a young folk artist named Larry Smith, and he would sing the closing verse.
The Satyre Room was a gatehering place out of the lights of Hollywood and the crowds. I had many of the preformers of the time come and just hang out or sometimes jam in the art gallery. One of my Regulars would do a set for a free beer & sandwich until finally we booked him. Name, Hoyt Axton.
The Satrye Room shared the block with one of the main rail road line into LA and it seemed like the train was right in the room with you. One night Hoyt was doing "John Henry" When the train went by a blew the whistel. The combination was enough to knock a chunk of plaster out of the ceiling all over the stange and Hoyt. The "Brought the House Down" joke were thick for a long time.
Thanks for letting an old man ramble and I hope you find this interesting. Please forgive my spelling but the fingers just don't work like they use too.
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From Terry Ransom: I just visited your website and wanted to thank you for a touching tribute to Bud & Travis. I had the great privilege of meeting Travis this past weekend in Phoenix. I attended a Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp held by John Stewart and Nick Reynolds. Travis joined us for dinner on Friday and Saturday and attended both evenings' performances. What a thrill to meet one of my heroes. He even signed my banjo! One of the neatest things about the weekend was watching Travis sing along with the performers. His eyes were twinkling as he drifted back about forty years in those songs. I was honored simply to be in his presence. Thanks again for your wonderful site!
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From Cathy Fiihr: We just got The Best of Bud and Travis CD and we have listened to it non-stop. My husband and I grew up in Tucson, AZ. Because we both worked downtown we easily heard about Travis Edmonson performing at the Ramada Inn. This was 1971, while we were dating.. We spent many a Friday and Saturday night and a Cinco de Mayo or two at the Ramda Inn. We fell in love with his music and style. We were a little young to have been fans of Bud and Travis when they first started out, but soon after we started following Travis we started collecting their music (albums).
Here it is 30 years later; same husband; same love for Travis' music, but now we are in Colorado. We have long since been without a record player to play our Bud and Travis Latin album, but my husband found the Best of CD on Amazon.com and surprised me with it. Music can take you back like nothing else. It has been so nostalgic to listen to these songs again. That was a great time in our lives and Travis Edmonson was a part of it. At that time in 1971 we had never heard of anyone else named Travis, so when our first child was born in 1975 we wanted him to have that special name that reminded us of a special time in our lives, so we named him Travis.
From the CD cover we found your website address and I have been looking at every part of it. What a treat to see the pictures from the tribute in May. Thanks for keeping his music alive for the present and future generations. It's timeless!
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From Elizabeth See: I am delighted to find the B&T webpage in my search for any and all info on Bud Dashiell. I am saddened to learn of his death in 1989.
I first met Bud Dashiell at the Ice House in Pasadena, CA., in the mid sixties. He was solo, by then, and couldn't have impressed me more. I returned again and again to hear his sets. As others have said, he was a charming, gentle man of great insight and indescribable passion when it came to his art. He was the epitome of a natural born storyteller, and he did enjoy a good limerick.... I loved everything he sang; Latin, French, English....He was perfect!
Later, in 1968, I purchased his album, 'I Think It's Going to Rain Today' and it has become my all-time favorite record to date. I recently bought a turntable on which to play it (it's still in pretty good shape) and have worn out cassette copies made of it long ago. Will someone PLEASE make all B&T music available on CD?? The world is missing out. There is nothing today that compares to the sweet beauty, the amazing quality of Bud and Travis music!
I heard Bud was teaching guitar somewhere in L.A. many years ago, but I regret I never saw him again. Now it's too late . . . .I am still waiting patiently for release of more B&T music on CD. It has become more important with the realization of Bud's death.
Everyone who writes shares basically the same feelings; that these two individuals were remarkable, unique and probably loved by all who heard them 'back in the day'.
I cannot thank you enough!
Thank you Tom, for memories I'll never forget.
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From Fred Bishop: Thanks for reminding me of Bud and Travis -- great duo, I had at least three of their albums, and loved them best 'till I found Ian and Sylvia. (I heard both groups at the Cellar Door in Georgetown!)
I went to high school at North Hills, now live in Farrell and still play folk music and blues. I learned "How Long?" from John Cephas, and couldn't for the life of me remember where I knew it from -- HA! B&T !!
Thanks for a little lighter subject on a pretty dark day (9/11/01).
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From Bob Gleinn: I was born in Natrona Heights, PA and lived there until I was eight when my parents moved to L.A. I was lucky enough to attend UCLA and lived in the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house there from 1956 to 1961. One of our fraternity brothers was a friend of Bud Dashiell which was to our everlasting benefit. Bud (and sometimes Travis - but only once as I remember) came over to our house several times late on a Friday or Saturday night after the main party or football game of the night was over. We sat around the fireplace (yes, even in L. A.), drank quite a bit of whatever we had and just grooved on Bud's singing and playing. He always had another story to tell as he interacted and clowned around with our group of 20 or so guys draped all over the sofas, chairs and floor. These sessions went on until two or three in the morning until Bud was too hoarse to sing any more. His voice got more gravely as the night went on. Could we have been any luckier ?
A whole group of us fraternity bros. and dates were there in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to see B&T perform when the album was cut. It just hit me that part of the clapping and laughter you hear on the album was mine !
I came across your website after playing my original B&T In Concert album and wondering if a CD had ever been produced. I tried "Bud & Travis" on Google and there you were! How great. Thought you might enjoy the above memories.
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From Bruce Caneron: How WONDERFUL to discover someone has cared enough to imortalize Bud & Travis on the net. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.
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From Kay Young: Just wanted to thank you for your part in making this a very pleasant Sunday. I'm sure you haven't a clue as to what I'm talking about. Here's the story.
I was in college in the early 60s when B & T, the Kingston Trio (I had a crush on Bob Shane), Smothers Brothers, etc. were popular. I had all their albums. Unfortunately, my sister lent most of them to her boyfriend. They broke up and the albums and boyfriend disappeared forever.
"Bon Soir Dame" is on my list of top five favorite songs of all time. I've been looking for a copy of it for YEARS! For some reason, my 60-year-old brain misfiled the artist information under Will Holt. I've been searching every music Web site I could find for a copy of an old Will Holt album like I used to have. I was sure that song was on his album.
Anyway, lo and behold, I decided to try a search by song title for "Bon Soir Dame" and up popped Bud & Travis. I immediately ordered their CD from Amazon. It arrived in Saturday's mail.
Today, instead of sleeping late like most folks, I spent the extra hour we gained with the end of daylight savings time (and a few additional hours) listening to my new CD. Your album notes were a wonderful added bonus! And then when I found your Web site . . . well, that was just icing on the cake. It's wonderful! Especially the LYRICS!! Now I can sing along to "Bon Soir Dame."
Thanks for your part in making this white-haired old lady feel like she's 20 again! At least for today (sigh).
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From TheodieM: When the recording field went to tape then CD I couldn't keep up with my LP collection tranformation. Thanks for providing this location to find out about the boys. Don't you just love the heck out of their work?
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From Holly Shanahan: I have been a fan of Bud and Travis ever since I was 12 years old. It started when my oldest sister Sandy, who was into the "hootenanny" scene, brought home her first B&T album "In Concert." From that point on I always loved their music and their incredible harmonizing and especially one song in particular...Malaguena Salerosa. Just the other day, my wonderful husband was kind enough in surprising me with the "Best of Bud and Travis" CD. For me this is a trip down memory lane and my head is in the clouds. Now I can listen to their music all the time and not just occasionally. I scoured your web site and found wonderful information that I will pass onto my sisters. Thanks for taking the time and devotion to dedicate a web site to such an incredible and talented duo of the sixties. Bud and Travis will always be among my all-time favorite singing duos for me.
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From Rob Kunkel: I was raised in the midwest and was an avid folkie learning the guitar -banjo and piano beginning in 1958---I first heard natuarally by Bud and Trasvis in 1962 and was stunned by the guitar work and the amazing blend of the rough smokers voice combined with the high clear river voice ---the records stand the test of time as do Ian and Sylvia as folk music is not constrained by pop gimmicks and fashion----I have been a pro musician for 38 years and a true irony is that an early Bud and Travis record live at the ash grove was produced by the guy who did my first album in1972--thanks for the great web on 2 brilliant artists--
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From Kim Predisik: I was looking up a Shirley Temple Song - "When I Grow Up" - and somehow
stumbled onto this web site. Know you that there is a family (Predisik's) of seven (7) children (JuJu, Mari, Jani, Nino, Dina, Kim and Drea) that were brought up on the "Cellar Door" Album the Bud & Travis tunes for years thru my mom and dad (Joe and Kay); and to this day - there is not a family gathering/holiday/or event that goes by that we don't kick into a Bud & Travis tune.
Now if I was a real computer savy guy - I would have found this site before - and rarely do I ever contact through the email. However, Bud & Travis had a big impact on a family that didn't keep a TV or have a radio that worked - there was Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, the Mills Brothers and BUD and TRAVIS (oh yeah - the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary came later) but it was Bud & Travis for us.
Just wanted to send you a note of thanks for the site.
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From Ed Leanord: I remember seeing Bud And Travis at the Gate of Horn in Chicago back in the 1950's. I thought they were great.
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From Glenn Thomas: I met Travis at the Ramada Inn, while attending the University of Arizona, between 1969-73. I was playing a single folk-style guitar/vocal gig at the Executive Inn, while Travis was playing at the Ramada.
I was a huge fan of Bud and Travis during High School, and it was by shear accident that I should meet him. He invited me to "sit in" several times during his lengthy breaks. I remember being terrified to sit on that chair above the bar, following the great Travis Edmondson. He taught me my still favorite toast, though I can no longer stand tequila-- "Arriba, abajo, al centro, al dentro"! I tried to learn the "slap" but never could do it.
I doubt if he would remember me, we were not friends. I played, and still do, "Cloudy Summer Afternoon" in my own repertoire, as well as "Maria," "Scotch and Soda," "Guess I'll Go Home," and others I have surely forgotten.
As a result of finding your website, my wife bought me their CD, truly my greatest treasure of music! I marvel at the authenticity of the Mexican pieces. I am reminded how sometimes those who love their countries most, are not natives. I have never heard the Latin songs of B&T sung and played with more passion and excellence by anyone.
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and my brother in Mexico City. My American parents instilled in us a love for the language, the music, and the Latin culture, though I left Venezuela as an infant. Parties at our house always included Mariachi music.
Now my daughter has the bug. She is incredibly diverse in her musical tastes, and loves mariachi music, especially Sin Ti, and Rayito de Luna.
Thanks for your good work, I'd enjoy keeping in touch with lovers of B&T.
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From Bob Brown: Hello! I just wanted to thank you for all the time and effort you've put toward the B & T website! I just decided I would check the web to see what I could find and I found more than I could
ever have hoped for!
I saw Bud & Travis only once - in Calgary, Alberta, in the early 60's. They were on the same bill as Peter, Paul & Mary and Odetta. Odetta never showed but it was a fine evening just the same. Top tickets were $3.50 while the cheap seats went for $1.50!! I had not heard Bud & Travis before that night but wanted to hear more! I picked up a copy of the "In Concert" set soon after and later found a copy of "Volume 2" which I was delighted to get. I also have a copy of Bud's album "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today" and the Travis album "Travellin' With Travis". Unfortunately I never got to see them again but I can still bring back that evening when I play the concert albums. I wholeheartedly agree that they were one of a kind and their guitar work was outstanding.
I was saddened in 1989 to learn of Bud's passing. I also hadn't realized that "Buck" Wheat became their bassist. I heard him with the Kingston Trio many years ago and enjoyed him then. After reading your interview with Travis, I now know that Buck is no longer with us.
Thanks again for a fine job! I have added it to my "favourites" file and will check back from time to time to keep up to date.
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From Kristina Hubbell: Just wanted to write and thank you for this website. Bud & Travis have been favorites of mine for many years, which will give you an idea of how old I am!
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From Don Freeman: I just recently acquired my mom's album collection, and as I was strolling through them, I found an album I had heard as a youngster. I played it and had just as much fun listening to it as the audience had when they recorded it. The 2-album set Bud and Travis In Concert is a great album to listen to.
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From Duane Vincent: I'm truly amazed at what one can find on the internet. Many years ago, back in the late 1950's, I won a Bud & Travis album on a radio station contest - and still have that precious piece of vinyl.
Yes, it is that initial Bud & Travis album, with the very fine "Vamos Al Baile". One of these days, I plan to transcribe it to a CD for my personal enjoyment.
I am truly pleased to hear that a CD has been made commercially available of some of their best work, and I intend to buy it posthaste.
Thank you for a great and interesting website.
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From Arthur Cohen: Thomas, you are a gift!
I am an original B & D fan from the early days. Even though all my friends were folkies in the early and mid 60's, no one else seemed interested in the duo. Ha! Bunch of know-nothing poseurs! Of course, it was there loss--not having a chance to fall in love.
Their Latin music has always been my favorite. So last night I listened to Malaguena Salerosa while reading the English translation I never knew until I found your site.
And also for the first time I was able to sing along with the accurate Spanish as well.
Wonderful -- it couldn't make the song any more beautiful, but it added a rewarding veneer; 35 years later I still swoon and marvel over that rendition.
I have downloaded 7 other wonderful versions of Malaguena, and many are a joy to hear; but none comes close to the passion and beauty of Bud & Travis's.
It was a delight to browse your site, and learn so much I never knew about the fab two. I had only 4 albums, unaware of the existence of most of the others. Saddened by the news of Bud's death in '89, it was still satisfying to learn of their lives and careers before and after 60's when I discovered them.careers.
So thanks so much for doing the website.
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From Dyana King: Thanks for creating this site! I remember, as a child, my father listening to Bud & Travis, Nancy Ames and others and have such fond memories of that music. I was able to track down some used vinyl and would love to find some CD reproductions. Your site has helped me a lot!
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From Gary C. Matteson: Just recently I thought to do a search for B & T on the net, first thing that popped up is your site. I am lucky enough to have had Bud & Travis in Concert, Liberty album LDM-1100; if memory serves, I bought the album while I was in Alaska or Germany, serving in the Air Force (195701062.)
Thank you for the gratifyingly simple but informative piece of work you've done. After all these years, it is my opinion, their music and style is timeless. It absolutely thrills me to the core to listen every now and then. In point of fact, a friend was kind enough to load the album, onto a CD so now I can listen on those occasions when I travel our nations highways.
Congratulations and THANK YOU!
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From Bob Stauss: 60 years old - grew up on cattle ranch - learned to speak Spanish very young - love Mexican music - have huge collection of mariachi music. have been a B&T fan since college in the early 60's. saw them in concert. still have the first several Bud & Travis albums (their Mexican music is some of the best and can not be told apart from the Mexicans) just recently discovered they made an album of all mexican music.
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From Rick Rubin (not the producer): I want to thank you for putting this all together. I was a fan in the early 60's and still am. I grew up in So. Cal and was privileged to see them perform at a Jr. College in San Diego. I still have the autographed ticket stub in my copy of the "In Concert" LP. They were by far the best group of that era. The most musically sophisticated, and satisfying, as well as incredibly funny. I wasn't aware that any of their material was on CD. I'm going to call tomorrow for a copy. I've got everything they did on vinyl, and they are some of my prized records. Thanks again.
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From Dennis and Cindy O'Boyle: thank you kindly for your bud and travis site --it is much appreciated and ejoyed very much -- it brings back beautiful memories of their beautiful voices and music. thanks again.
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From Paula Settle: I stumbled across your Bud and Travis page while looking for some lyrics for my Irish music session I've been attending on Wednesday nights. To make a very long story short, I think you may have solved a sort of "mystery" and sweet memory of mine.
Many years ago I met a man at the Grand Canyon. He was sitting out by the edge at sunset, relaxing and strumming a guitar. I was about 17 and wanting some time away from my parents, and several other young adults and teens were gathering to meet. This fellow was very nice; we talked a long, long time it seemed.
I sang along and he made me feel "grown up" and included . . . said he was going into the canyon the next day to record some of the Indian traditional songs, sort of a project he'd been working on. He was very humble, played down his own work although he did say he made his living singing and playing guitar.
I thought he said his name was "Bud Travis"; I feel really very STUPID now, and very unenlightend to realize. And the picture: this is the man I was talking to! So thanks for the website. Now I'm really ever more interested to find out more . . .
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From Carol Garr: For several years in the late 60's and early 70's, while studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson, my late evenings consisted of "hanging out" at the Ramada Inn on St Mary's Rd listening to Travis sing in the lounge there. He sang for me on my 21st birthday, though I didn't tell anyone WHICH birthday it was (I'd been drinking underage for a couple of years.)
At 1AM, bar closing time, he would sometimes join my group of friends for food at the 24 hour restaurant there. Travis was fun, gracious, and just one of the gang. Thinking of him brings back many happy memories.
I will try to order the CD you mention. I've not been able to find any records, but that would be a great alternative. I most want to hear his incredible rendition of Maleguena Salerosa again, and Seasons In The Sun.
Thanks for a wonderful site!
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From Valerie Jennings: I've been humming an old favorite folk song for weeks - can't get it out of my mind, and for the life of me, couldn't figure out who sang it. So starting searching around the internet for '60's folk music - - finally solved the mystery: Raspberries Strawberries by Bud & Travis. Had completely forgotten their names, but they were a great favorite of mine in the '60s.
Your website brought back alot of memories of another era - - great job, and great tribute to a terrific musical group. Amazon.com has the 'greatest hits' cd - and was able to listen to clips - - they sound even better than I remember!
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From Hippup: I checked out your website for the first time and now feel that there might be some hope on the horizon! I have been looking for "The Latin Album" for many years. I grew up listening to that record,it was my mothers favorite and soon became mine.If you have any idea on how I could find this masterpiece please contact me at hiphupp @ aol.com.I recently heard "Sin Ti" as a background peice in Oliver Stone"s "Born on the 4th of July".Thanks for your time and a GREAT website!!!
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From John Pullinger: I am calling you from Australia. I came across your site when I found the site of the Kingston Trio who have always been my favourite group. However back in the late fifities or early sixties I heard Bud and Travis sing the Ballad of the Alamo and their dramatic rendition has always remained in my head. They were a fabulous duo and got too little air play here. I was absolutely delighted to find your site and have put in immediately with my "favourites."
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From Thomas M. Parisi: Believe it or not, I came across your Bud & Travis page while searching for guitar manufacturers in Mexico! I just wanted to sa . . . thanks for the memories.
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From Ann Harrover Thomas: Just playing on my computer I got into Google and put in Bud and Travis. Imagine my surprise to find this web site. I am from Manassas, Va. and knew Bud as Oliver Dashiell, a handsome young man from Osbourn High School. He was older than I but I thought the most handsome ever. At one time my mom and a group of nutty lady friends sang for a hometown variety show, dressed as hillbillies. Bud was their guitarist - somewhere I have a photo of him as they dressed him up in raggedy clothes, freckles painted on his face, a fine old porkpie hat, strumming his guitar for a bunch of middle aged ladies (?) singing such numbers as "They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree", "Mountain Dew", "The Old Apple Tree in the Orchard", etc. etc. They were a hoot, as was the sober faced guitarist. I used to love to watch them practice. Several times in later years Bud and Travis played in D.C. at the Cellar Door, the Blue Mirror and a couple other places and I, along with a group of high school friends would go down to see them and we LOVED THEM. They'd come out to Manassas afterwards with us and we'd sit for hours, reminiscing. I have a couple albums - wish they were CD's - that are very old, used & scratchy. We still talk about "Oliver" now and again and still count ourselves and Bud and Travis fans!
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From Q Lawler: I was in high school in Manassas VA for a time with Oliver and everything said about him on your site is true! The guy had an outrageous sense of humor, and a boatload of talent. I saw him almost every time he and Travis were in the Washington DC area.
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From Noah Irene Carver: I caught your web site and I am a long time Bud and Travis fan. I have the LP Live at the Cellar Door. I love their music. thank you for keeping it alive. A fan of bud and Travis is a friend of mine. Once again, thank you. Noah
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From Laurie: Hello! Your website is great, and I thank you! I have been a Bud & Travis fan for probably 30 years. I am fortunate to have a couple of their records, and the only CD available (that I am aware of). While all the news clearly wasn't good, I was glad to be brought up to date on their lives. Thanks for your site.
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From Sonia Robledo: Hi - I live in Southern California and have been a Bud and Travis fan since high school (1962). I had their stuff on lp records, had to move about 12 years ago and got rid of all my records.
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From Allamarain: I met Bud and Travis in Sausalito, circa 59-60, and had also met them in Sacramento when they were booked at the college. Travis and I had pizza and beer prior to the gig. Met again in Sausalito some time later when he and Bud were on and off splitting. Travis asked me if I would be his roadie, but things were such that I couldn't. I moved to S. California, ran into them at the Troubador. The only other time I met Bud was when he came to rehearse at Travis' apartment, just off St. Monica Blvd. Also cought them at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach. Travis and a I got along well, but Bud seemed to have a different personality.
The last I heard, Travis had a ranch or farm south of Tucson. I had just about everything they recorded on Liberty label, including my favorite, their Latin album (I suspect the mexican-flavored cover shot of them on a staircase was actually the front of Travis' apartment).
UNFORTUNATELY my ex-wife trashed almost every personal possession I had when we split, including the albums. I've been looking for their work for years without results. I was visiting the KT site when I found this (I know Bob Shane, too). Seems like Sausalito has the place to be in the sixties - it's only tour buses, t-shirts and sunglasses now. Damn shame!
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From Mori Morrison: I had a Bud & Travis LP at one time, and finally anted up the big bucks to see them in person at the London House in Chicago. I used to waitress at the slightly less incredibly expensive folk nightclubs in Chicago just so I could hear the singers. B&T were amazingly wonderful, of course. My new CD of "The Best of Bud and Travis" has become my happiest purchase in decades.
Thanks for doing the website! I'm trying to get a CD of The Latin Album. I could use several, I guess, because living in Southern California one makes many Spanish-speaking friends, and my colleague from Costa Rica went ape-shit over a loaned copy of "The Best of Bud and Travis" and refused to return it. She said the Spanish-language songs were classic songs done in the proper manner and with very good accents. So I gave it to her and got myself another one. I would like to get some more copies!
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From Lou Caspary: Thanks so much for your website. Was in New York yesterday on Times Square and went into the basement of Virgin and found only one B&T CD (The Best of) and asked if there were any more. "No." I will write the labels as you instruct.
Actually, I have been looking for YEARS for their albums.
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From Harry H. Larsen: I've always enjoyed Bud And Travis. Bought their first and second LP's when in the USAF at Scott AFB in Belleville, Illinois. I spent 16 or so of my 20 years overseas and so the LPs traveled the world. Listened to them over and over and over. Although not a Spanish speaker (don't know six words in that language) I was completely fascinated by the stuff they did in Spanish, and especially the love ballads and saloon songs. Great stuff. I guess music really is the universal language. I don't have too many English language tracks that move me as much as some of their Latin stuff does.
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From Jean Wilkins: I am another great fan of B&T's music. I am currently in a trio called "Simpaticos" and we are performing some of the Spanish music we have heard Bud and Travis perform on the now, re-release of the Bud and Travis music on CD. It's so much fun to try and "emulate" these exciting performers. I was very excited to find out about this site about three years ago.
Travis Edmonson was a personal friend of my family and stayed with us for several weeks in 1968. My family had a home in North Denver, Denver, Colorado. Travis and I performed (I was a teenager then) at several concerts, and then he moved on. At that time, I was sixteen and that was a long time ago! Nevertheless, I have become a performing musician (with his strong influence). I have dedicated a tape of my music to him, including a song I wrote for him called "Bittersweet". He's been a strong musical influence in my life.
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From Chris Whitney: Thank you and God for the internet! I cannot believe that there are others who remember Bud & Travis. I was about 11 when I discovered my older sister's BT LP. I was really taken by 2 of their songs and had memorized a good portion of them and still remember them to this day (I am now 50).
How wonderful to get reconnected with them.! Thanks.
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From Art Yow: all these years since the passing of the folk era of the 60's ~70's, I carried the banner and kept the faith for Bud & Travis. at jams and get togethers with strangers, I would play selections from Bud & Travis and would invariably be asked "what was that, who was that from?" my reply: "Bud & Travis" would bring puzzled looks. i felt that i was the very last man on earth who had ever heard of B & T. (i was even beginning to doubt their very existence as a figment of my imagination)
so it is with great relief that i have finally found a kindred spirit, that reaffirms my belief that good things never die, but live on.
i feel like a lost soul, alone in the ocean of humanity who finally has found his family; others who can affirm "yes, there was a Bud & Travis, and yes, they were an extraordinary talent, indeed".
thank you so much for your website, somehow i now feel musically whole!!!
thanks for your website.
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From Paul Wasserboehr: When I was a child in 1960, my older brother had their live album and we used to listen to it all the time. That's how I literally got turned on to Folk Music.
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From Jo Mapes: I was delighted to find the Bud and Travis page, and more than delighted to see a picture of Travis at his tribute. Bud & Travis and I worked together at a few clubs, (Primarily the Shadows, Washington) They were a remarkable duo, their musical instincts and arrangements were miles ahead of any other duo I've ever heard. I was sorry to hear of Bud's passing, long ago, and smiled when I saw the picture of lovable and sweetly crazy Trav. That smile and energy look good! I phoned Trav a few years ago. Trav's song "The Web", still haunts me. Thank you for putting them on the web.
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Mary Ann Youngs: Just a note to let you know that your web-site honoring Bud & Travis is wonderful. I am a very long time fan. I had owned the 1960 "In Concert" 2 LP album but, in my infinite wisdom to get rid of everything I owned on vinyl, I let it go. Something all of us older folks have probably done and then regretted. Anyhow, congratulations. I have put the site among my favorites.
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From Alan Fenwick: What a great website. I was looking for a site that could identify where (or if) I could get CDs for the In Concert and 2 albums and ran across your site. Of 100 people I could talk to, less than one would have even heard of Bud and Travis, including NPR disk jockeys playing eclectic music from various generations.
In 1961, a fraternity brother and I at Colorado State University discovered B&T on their concert album. We were already playing all the Kingston Trio, etc. songs, but B&T represented a different genre. For example, the Kingston Trio's version of They Call the Wind Mariah isn't in the same league as B&T's. My partner and I bought Goya guitars ($250 each then), stopped wearing "folk shirts", and began working on B&T's music. I would sit in class rolling out the fingers of my right hand, little finger first, so that I could strum Mariah the way they did. We figured out how by repeatedly listening to the album at a slow speed after we had taped it (reel to reel) at a faster speed. We learned the strum slap the same way.
We taught ourselves many of their songs on that album, including Vamos Al Baile, although we kind of faked the Spanish off the album. (It was interesting to read the lyrics on your site - we weren't that far off.) Anyway, we entertained over the next few years, using B&T as our baseline. We would usually start with Delia's Gone or some other slap strum song to "announce our presence with authority".
In about 1962, I think, B&T visited our campus and "Rog & Al" hosted them. I still have the picture of us taken with B&T. Travis showed me the sliding chords he used for Cloudy Summer Afternoon and Bud taught us the harmonics for the raindrops. They were great and I have never forgotten them.
I still play my Goya, even though it has been patched from where I have dropped it and from where my youngest son hit his buddy over the head with it in about 1987. It still has great sound and I currently am working on improving my classical ability. But I also practice the hard B&T songs because they strengthen my hands and demand endurance. Unfortunately, there are no lovely sorority girls to listen.
Anyway, thanks for giving me a good case of the melancholies.
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From Heather M. Lothian: I saw your page on the web re Bud & Travis and wanted you to know that I lost my album of them "In Concert". I believe someone stole it <sigh.> I used to go see them when they appeared at the Troubadour on LA. I always enjoyed their music. I am sorry to hear that Bud has passed away.
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From Bill Moore: In 1962 in Alexandria, Va., I became a devoted fan of Music Americana as presented by a local radio station (WAVA). Capitalizing on the folk frenzy of those years, WAVA played some of the epochal music of the genre (I remember the haunting music of Odetta, for example) . What led me and a fair number of friends to a lifelong love affair with folk music was the DJs interest in Bud and Travis. I was 14 and worked throughout the summer to buy a guitar (a Stella from Sears!) and spent a short while learning a half dozen chords so I'd have something for my left hand to do while my right hand spent its energy trying desperately to duplicate the fabulous rhythms so much a part of their music. Never succeeded, but had a blast trying. Never missed a show at the Cellar Door and The Shadows in DC (whatever happened to those places??). Now, 40 years later with a career in between, I'm still in love with these guys, still playing their music (when my kids let me) and every now and then I try to get that slap rhythm thing going on my old guitar! Great website and lots of fun listening to and reading about these guys.
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From H. Lee Head: Greetings from San Antonio, TX
I want to let you know how very much I appreciated exploring your Bud & Travis web site. It's obvious that it is a labor of love. You are so right about the humility displayed by Steve Edmonson. He is a long time friend from my days in San Francisco, and I travel to hear him play whenever possible.
Just wanted to let you know that you're doing a good thing, and the angels will be kind to you.
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From Bill Courtright: Out of the blue, and wondering whatever happened to Travis Edmonson, I entered his name into a search engine. Your site came up. I went to the sight and nearly died from shock! Where do the years go?
It was 1971, 1972 and 1973 that I knew Travis. I was a friend and roommate of Randy Loyd, a terrific singer and guitarist. We lived in Denver, Colorado. We only actually lived TOGETHER for about 8 months, but we were good friends throughout this period. He spoke many, times about Travis Edmonson, how wonderful he was, what a genius and nice guy. And one night, he brought Travis home with him!
I could tell many, many stories about Travis, but suffice it to say that he LOVED tequila, he loved to party, he loved women, and he loved to sing and play his guitar. And I and all of my friends loved to hear him perform.
I am a keyboard musician who owes some thanks to Travis. I have a letter of encouragement he wrote to me when I left Denver for Southern California. He told me to see an agent named Howard King, and King became my agent upon hearing that I knew Travis Edmonson. Travis signed the letter with his signature little guitar. I treasure it. I'm still in California, and although not a star, I've done fine here.
I worked with Jose Feliciano for many years. Jose was a fan of Bud & Travis. I always wished when I was with Feliciano that I could have contacted Travis and got us all together with him. But Randy Loyd has lost contact with Travis, and I never heard from him again.
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From Karen WG: What a treat to find the Bud and Travis web page tonight! I was ten years old in 1958 when my uncle brought home "The Kingston Trio at the Hungry i" and my two oldest siblings and I became precocious folkies. We waivered a bit, into tasteful rock in the '60's, but now my brother and I find ourselves playing old vinyls of Bud and Travis, the Kingston Trio, Judy Henske, The Smothers Brothers, and a fantastice 4-CD set issued by the Smithsonian that is a great sampler of some of the very best music of '50's and '60's folk.
Anyway, my sister is still mad because I have our only two B & T albums in my collection. (Actually, I think they originally did belong to her). She lives in Uxebridge, Ontario, and can't even borrow them. I'll have to pick up B & T CD's for her for Christmas.
Bud and Travis were incomparable. The fact that they were never hugely popular only goes to prove that the most celebrated celebrities are not necessarily those with the greatest amount of talent. I'm so glad your page is there to continue to spread the word about these talented men.
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From Robin McConnell: Great site - I really hope more of their (live) work is issued on CD - or DVD!
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From Uncle Albert: Thanks for all your efforts here. I thought this was a lost hope until I found your site!. Thank you so much for the lead to the Best of Bud and Trav CD . . . I am listening to it now and am transported back to 1958 and life is all of a sudden again very good. At that time I read Jack Kerouac's On the Road, listened to Bud and Trav. Put $10 in my pocket packed an old Boy Scout backpack and hit the open road, and spent the 3-best years of my life clunking around the USA, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, India, SE Asia and Japan. I believed then I was invincible -- and in fact I was. How I did it, I will never know, but to hear that music again reminds me that it was once done and that those feelings of freedom can again be repeated. Thank you again so very much.
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From Brian Bendor-Samuel: I just came across your web site. Thanks!
When I was a senior in a small college in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 500 miles north of Minneapolis, Bud & Travis were appearing at a local night club. It was December, 1959. They turned up "Snowflurries" one of two "formal" dances the students organized each year. They put on a dazzling performance during the band intermission and brought with them a batch of vinyl LPs to give away as door prizes. I managed to get hold of one of these albums - their original recording. I'm sad to say, I wore it out. But I still remember many of their songs: particularly Bonsoir Dame, Les Fraises et les framboises (I was a French major) and their version of Malaguena - still one of the best ever recorded. If only someone would reissue this album, and others, on CD. Thanks anyway, for keeping their achievements alive. I'm sorry that PBS didn't recognize their achievements in their recent special on the Folk groups of the 60's - a serious omission, but, hey, they never mentioned Gordon Lightfoot or Ian and Sylvia either!
From Iris Hughes: Wow, whenever
I need to visit with my brother who was a huge Bud and Travis Fan,
Looked like them, sang like them and introduced our family to many
happy hours of beautiful music, all that I need to do is hear their
music. My brother passed away at the age 29 in an auto accident,
he stopped to help someone on the free way with a flat tire at midnight
and a car coming on the freeway hit him and killed him instantly.
His wife stood by and watched. Needless to say Our lives were devastated,
as our older brother was the center of everyone's world who knew
him, He was such a charismatic person. All of this took place in
1974. The Bud and Travis music is what has helped to keep his memory
in such a safe place for all of us kids, there were 5 of us, all
younger than him. Again thank you for the news on more Bud and Travis
music that we did not know was out there. Keep up the good work,
you never know what positive things you are doing for people, in
the most oddest of ways...
From Bill Bliss:
I agree with every word you said about Bud and Travis. Why can't
I find more of their albums on CD? I got the Latin Album from Barnes
and Noble and it's beautiful. Also I got the Santa Monica Concert
( two discs) which is really poor quality. Do you know of any others?
I'm building a collection of music from this era.
Can you recommend any other outstanding CDs? The Journeymen Debut
album is excellent.
I guess I'll have to buy a turntable. One that
will record to cassette. Can you recommend a good one?
Another favorite group of mine is Art and Paul. Is $46 a fair price
to pay for their "Songs of Earth and Sky" LP?
Thanks again for your wonderful website @ Bud
From Mike Noyes: I have 7 of their albums
and worked extensively with them in the late 50's and early 60's
in LA (Hollywood) at Jack Kramer's International (which became Shelly's
Mannhole). I haven't yet come across any old photos but will continue
to look. Would love to find a few more albums especially one that
contains "I Talk to the Trees". Great site, keep up the
From Tony Spadaro: Cucurucucu Paloma and Maleguena Salerosa are my favourite songs
by B&T. I lost my records in a fire in 1978 and am still trying
to recover a lot of stuff that was lost then.
From Guy and Deanna Bennett: I just found
your Bud and Travis site and am very happy to find another big fan
of Bud and Travis. My folks bought all their albums and I kept on
buying them, used, in record stores from the 60's on. Now I have
about 25 or so and I didn't think about them until I moved this
summer and I was packing. We moved from Oregon the Seattle area
and I got on the web and thought about seeing if there was a site
focused on Bud and Travis. Your site was the number one site listed.
A wonderful suprise.
I still have my records, but now we copy them to cassette for playing
in the car and at home in order to save the vinyl. Beside, the kids
don't know how to play a record!
Thank you for the wonderful web site!
From Andy Rodriguez: Just stumbled onto
the B&T site! Great Job!! I didn't know it existed. I grew up
listening to (and play my guitar with) several Bud and Travis albums.
Being the 'musical one' in the family, I anticipated getting them
in due time (estate settlement, etc.) However, my mother experienced
a fire that destroyed quite a bit of her home, including all the
albums (along with the 45's and 78's). All I have left is a 35 year
old cassette recording with 'The Latin Album' on one side and 'Perspective
...' on the other side.
I host a couple of open mics in the Houston, TX, area and use several
B&T songs in my sets occasionally and you would not believe
(yeah, you might) the positive response to this 'new' music some
people haven't heard before. There have even been a couple of 'old-timers'
that have asked if I got those songs from Bud & Travis albums.
A welcome smile comes across their faces when I confirm their suspicions,
kinda like finding an old high school picture of your first real
girlfriend or boyfriend, or an old comfortable pair of jeans found
when going back home for a visit.
Great Job on the website!!!
From Paul Rockwell: In 1961, I was a senior
in High School in Minot, NDak. A couple of very good friends and
I had started a folk group in the late 1950's. We were called "The
Huntsmen". In that small area of NDak., we were very popular.
We did a televison show each Thursday nite at the local station
called the "Tom Fisher Show". We were regular guests.
Most of our music was Kingston Trio stuff. (On some selections,
if you closed your eyes, you couldn't tell the difference). We had
I don't remember what year it was ----- probably in the mid to late
60's, we went to a Bud & Travis concert at the Minot Civic Auditorium.
I had listened to one of their records and we thought they were
'the best'!! As it turns out ----- they were!!! I immediately went
out and bought their "Bud & Travis In Concert" record.
I still have it somewhere. The seats we had were near the front
row. We tried very hard to watch their guitar playing in order to
try to pickup their style. They were so much better than anybody
we'd seen that we never could figure out how to play their music!!
"Malaguena Salerosa" was my favorite ----- and still is!!
I just purchased the "Latin Album" from your source.
I'm pleased to see your website. My old compadres
are still around. I've forwarded the site to them! It brings back
many, happy memories!
From "REF": Excellent site.
As I near 60 years of age, I reflect on those things
of my youth that influenced, delighted, and formed me. Folk music
was my first creative expression (being a bad guitar player and
worse singer, but boy could you meet girls).
Like many of my age, my first addiction was to
The Kingston Trio, but quickly I branched out to the Limelighters,
Journeymen (with John Phillips before Mamas and Papas, and Scott
McKenzie), Tarriers, and even lesser known groups like the Travelers
3 and the Wayfarers.
But Bud and Travis held a special place for me.
I saw them at a concert in San Monica (not, alas, the one recorded)
and bought everything of theirs I could find. Their stage presence
was prodigious. Their ability to stand quietly and command an audience
and bring it to its feet, without amps, special effects, exploding
flash pots, and all the rest of the modern rock modality, was impossible
to describe to someone who hasn't seen it first hand.
Thanks for helping me remember just how much fun
From Stuart B. Olsen: I took lesson from
Bud in his studio in Westwood, CA in, if I remember correctly, the
mid to late 70's or early 80's. I still have many of his music notes
that he made me at that time during my lessons. Great guy. I have
since taught my son some of his renditions. It's wonderful to see
this site. Best of Luck,
From Anne W. Shubert: I have written a book
about Florida hurricanes, the title of which is There Are Hurricanes
in Florida. Many years ago, before we went to Australia and gave
our LPs to the Symphony Book Fair, my husband and I had Bud &
Travis's LP, and as you might guess, it made a big impression on
From Tim: Your Bud and Travis site is wonderful.
I just had this great experience. I was sitting
down to work and the TV was on next to me. It was an old Ozzie and
Harriet episode, a clip show with some musical highlights.
Two wonderful musicians did a rousing version of La Bamba
and while the sound was familiar to me I found myself say.who
were those guys? As the final credits rolled up the screen
there were the names Bud and Travis and I had the the
a-ha experience. A Google search came across your site.
Thanks for reconnecting me to the music!