Travers Chandler and Avery County came together in 2009 to preserve the legacies of bluegrass music's lost heroes while bringing their own traditional bluegrass sound to new audiences. Members have garnered much acclaim including both SPBGMA and IBMA. The band has just announced three new members Tom Isaacs on Banjo and 2nd Fiddle, John Bryan on Guitar and Blake Johnson on Bass. Rounding out the group are Merl Johnson on Fiddle and Travers Chandler on Lead Vocals and Mandolin.
The group as well as the individual band members have received accolades after stints with the James King Band, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, the Country Gentlemen, Spring Creek, Dave Evans, Karl Shiflett and Big Country, and numerous others prior to forming Avery County. Celebrating the influences of the past, the group is also busily creating new music.
Along with the announcement of the new band members, Travers Chandler and Avery County have just released their own YouTube Page celebrating the group and some of their video highlights.
The group is a raw, real sound - baptized in tradition and hardened in the honky tonks. The stage show is explosive, energetic and centered around Chandler's dynamic mandolin playing along with his soaring, soulful vocals and the driving bass playing, gutsy singing and songwriting of Jessica Smith. They are young, passionate and full of energy. Their show is an intelligent presentation of classic bluegrass and country music that can draw in both young and old. Playing from the heart and what seems to feed the crowd at the moment, the group can be five songs into a live set before the audience even knows what hit them.
They have already graced the stage at several major festivals including The International Bluegrass Music Museum’s ROMP, The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Pickin' in the Pasture, O.A.T.S., Lil’ John's Mountain Music Festival, and have made numerous radio and television appearances including PBS' Song of the Mountains, and many appearances on historic WPAQ in Mt Airy, NC, leaving audiences buzzing everywhere they go.
2011 was a landmark year for Travers Chandler and Avery County finding them on prestigious stages all over the country, garnering chart success with their sophomore release “State of Depression”, and surprising everyone by appearing in the semi-final nominations for IBMA "Emerging Artist of The Year."