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Richard Traviss and Shlomo Franklin – Local Original Music Showcase
August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Gifts from a neighboring county:
Although Sullivan county might not seem local, there is a lot of interchange between them and Wayne/Pike – not just that we play up there, and they play down here – but also we share a river – and inspiration. We live on very similar land, and the songs share a bond, too. Come out and check them out!
A bit about our songwriters:
Shlomo Franklin grew up on a farm milking cows in Bethel, New York. He soon developed his own style of music inspired by the neighboring grounds of Woodstock. His musical influence includes Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Nirvana and Johnny Cash. Shlomo Franklin is favorably recognized by his smile, kindness and warmth he sheds onto every person he meets.
Richard Traviss was raised up on a horse farm on the deep back roads of the Catskills. There the horses taught him their secret language and revealed to him their unique view on iambic pentameter. After being thrown out of acting school for refusing to learn a ballet sequence Richard embarked on a life of woe. Being told by his father at an early age, “bwoy, fo you its either prison or the blues” (and being a vegetarian and not willing to adapt to the “crust of bread” lifestyle in our county’s fine correction system)- Richard chose the blues. Or more aptly- the blues chose him. Today his music don’t sound much like blues no more. But the heart of the blues beats deep in everyone of his songs. Whenever he sings he imbues that strangely disarming spark of “that certain something” in all of his work (if he’s gotta explain it to ya’ then you’ll never know). A gifted improviser, he espouses a viewpoint that “song form” historically-speaking is an extemporaneous art and if one really wants to write songs, then write what is on the tip of the tongue. Plus he writes some of the best Roy Orbison-ish/Reggae-Calypsonian music you are gonna hear around these parts. He has spend the last year touring around the West Coast and before that led Western Sullivan County’s premier Rock n Roll outfit, the Secular Sextet. and before that served for a tour of duty in the Mandatory Parade. He also leads premier Hudson Valley Reggae outfit Talking Fire. His music can be sampled at http://soundcloud.com/richardtraviss.