Welcome To Travianna

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 sepiaAshe 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[1] 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.

 


[1] “…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

Ash Breeze

 

Ash Breeze is an up and coming band from Moore County, North Carolina. 2013 was an exciting year for us. We were signed by Mark Hodges at Mountain Fever Records.  We were also  blessed to perform on PBS’s nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains in February at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion Va., Bluegrass and Barbeque at Silver Dollar City in Branson MO and Dollywood in TN, South Carolina, Houstonfest in Galax VA, and Bluegrass Festivals in Vermont, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Canada, as well as other great venues.  Our Faith is also important to us and an influence on who we are and our music.

Trained classically  until they switched to Bluegrass in 2010, they have created their own sound that defies labels. In their music you can hear many influences, including  folk, jazz bluegrass, classical, blues, and Christian musical influences.  What you will hear is a distinctive sound strong on instrumentation with tight, beautiful family harmonies.   Nellie is quickly making a name for herself with her strong, distinctive beautiful and soulfull singing and smooth melodic award winning  fiddle playing that has been greatly influenced by greats like Stuart Duncan and Andy Leftwich. Corey plays the guitar and sings and has a great style of his own that finds its way into the original music he writes. Corey is also the Producer of Generation Bluegrass, a video bluegrass project that is drawing a lot of attention. Luke plays banjo  and the Cajon, and plays with a steady, and polished style. Eli plays mandolin with speed and finesse that is beyond his years  and he also  sings harmony  vocals. Finally, Allen (Dad) tries to keep it all together on bass. Don’t judge Ash Breeze by their age, but by their creative and distinctive sound that is fresh, creative, and mature.

                                                                                                                                  Carolina In My Mind

 

2063105Ash Breeze was formerly known as The Smith Family Band and was changed in the Fall of 2013. In 2013 they played bluegrass festivals in Vermont, Canada, and South Carolina. They also performed at  the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festivals at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri and Dollywood TN. In addition, they played at Houstonfest in Galax, Virginia the last 2 years, as well as many other venues. They were also featured WUNC’s nationally  syndicated show Song of the Mountains on the same show as Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. That show will air in the spring of 2014.  Ash Breeze’s CD release with Mountain Fever Records in February of 2014 was produced by Aaron Ramsey and Mark Hodges, and is marked mainly by original material written by the band members.
FOR BOOKINGS CONTACT ashbreezeband@gmail.com    (910)309-8494