Travianna Records would like to introduce to you, our “flagship” band … After Jack, Appalachia’s female version of Crosby Stills Nash. Their debut CD, ECHO, recorded at Mountain Fever Studio and produced by Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart fame, is scheduled for release on April 22, 2014. After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness and captivating vocals, unique harmonies, tight instrumentals and expressive songwriting, everyone will be tapping their toes and singing along instantly. Their unique take on traditional mountain music combines a distinct old-time energy with a mix of bluegrass, gospel and folk music.
The trio members, Emily, Mary and Rachel met while working in a professional theatre company and took their name from the hero of beloved Appalachian stories. Although they are often labeled “Americana”, their captivating sound, high energy, and the incredible joy they bring to the stage cannot be described by one genre. Since forming in 2011, After Jack has been playing everywhere from NYC listening rooms to major festivals like Floydfest, and sharing the stage with artists like The Lonesome River Band, Mountain Heart and Morgan O’Kane.
“ECHO” is a notion that describes the influences of people and place on this collection of songs. The band’s songwriting combines stories to be shared with experiences that can only be lived; “ECHO” is an invitation to all who encounter it, to share those moments.
Despite their busy schedules, the trio takes time to share their music and stories of Appalachia with younger generations as part of Young Audiences – Arts for Learning-Virginia. After Jack is looking forward to a very busy schedule this summer on the festival circuit. Here are some of the opportunities you will have to hear, appreciate and learn to love these girls and their wonderful music.
April 19th – Dogtown Roadhouse & The Sun Music Hall in Floyd, VA. This will be the official CD release of ECHO.
May 9th – Straightaway Café & Pub in Black Mountain, NC
May 23rd – Rooster Walk Festival in Martinsville, VA
June 19th – Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO – They will compete in the band competition with 11 other bands.
July 11th – Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Mount Solon, VA
For more information about After Jack, check out their website www.afterjackband.com
At Travianna Records we believe that music needs no boundaries. We believe music is meant to be experienced, to be participatory—we believe that it’s able to stretch its roots deep into your heart and plant a seed that carries the essence of all that came before and all that is yet to come.
This label is born from love. Love of music, love of community and friendship. It was born from the life and death of a man who exemplified all that Americana music can encompass and who pursued creative potential by allowing it to guide him through his life. Samuel A’Court Ashe Bason (better known as A’Court) crossed over in August of 2013. A’Court’s life as a musician and artist demonstrated a remarkable and unusual sense of free expression and collaboration. His life also revolved around the communal farm of Travianna, in Floyd County VA, which his family and friends founded in 1971. It came to be that the farm took on “a life and personality of its own serving as a magnet for musical talent from all over the world. Innumerable people, both famous and infamous made the pilgrimage to Travianna in order to share and experience music in a different light.”
Mark Hodges and A’Court met each other in high school and quickly bonded through their mutual love of music, remaining friends for the rest of their lives. A’Court had an uncanny ability to bring together diverse groups of musicians and to loosen up and have fun with traditional forms of music, allowing for experimentation and evolution. Mark’s vision is to honor A’Court’s life and contributions to the world of music by sustaining that spirit within this label in a way that truly reflects how nearly every kind of music comes together to create the genre of Americana.
That’s what Travianna records is all about. The music plays and sings for itself. It speaks the most vividly to the ways that it surfaces from all of the places it’s planted and all of the ways that it grows. From blues to ballads, from roots to reggae, from tradition through its transformation, this label fuses your favorite music together without privileging one kind over another. It simply lets them blur and blend and allowing the best of the evolution to shine through.
One frequent visitor referred to Travianna as a “huge musical cornucopia. There was a dawg/bluegrass improv in A’Court’s woodworking shop, an Irish seisún in the next room, an east-meets-west sitar thing going on in the great room and outside around a huge bonfire was this raging old time jam. All going at once – it was surreal.”
Travianna Records seeks to be a melting pot for many kinds of music to mix and merge, creating an experience that encompasses all the best that music has to offer. We want to represent real music, music that was born of many places and with limitless influences. Music……. no boundaries.
 “…a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_traditional_music_session