It is fair to say that Tom Travis is a UK bluegrass music pioneer. During his fifty-years in the music, Tom has been involved in every aspect of British Bluegrass from being an organiser of the Edale Bluegrass Festival in the English Peak District to being a founder member of the British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA) including serving as its Chairman for six years.
Tom is currently only playing occasional concerts while he recuperates from heart surgery but he is still very busy recording.
In April of this year, Tom released 'A Room For Jesus'. This includes some of Tom's own gospel songs as well as classics such as Bill Monroe's 'Wait a Little Longer' and the Stanley Brothers' 'The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn' and 'I’m Ready To Go'.
Additionally, Tom releases 'The Essence Of The Man' on June 23rd.
The Essence Of The Man is mostly just Tom, his old Martin D28 and a collection of self-penned songs. Tom says that this album is a temporary departure from the Bluegrass band format to enjoy writing and performing songs in other styles.