LIVE: The Chandler Travis Three-O @ Caffe Lena, 3/15/13

March 27th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review and video by Joel Patterson

The cult of true believers surrounding Chandler Travis and his acoustic quartet the Three-O continues to metastasize – and with good reason! At least, I hope they’re good reasons. Personally, I’m straight up a junkie for the guy’s therapeutic New Orleans-eated style blues, and his even more bewitching ballads with their soothing doses of rapture and transcendence. I feel like he’s inoculating me against cynicism and despair, somehow, just listening to it and soaking it in. Chemo for the soul, I call it. It ain’t long before you’re recognizing your fellow patients at these shindigs – the telltale symptoms of rabid devotion are unmistakable to an initiate. I ran into John Ripley, who typically had driven hours to get there. “By the last song [the exquisitely, loftily gorgeous “Things to You,”] my cheeks were wet.” He swabbed them with his fingers. “That’s what it’s about.”


New Release Rack: Chandler Travis Three-O’s “This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater”

March 15th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

Chandler Travis Three-O: This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater

Review by Greg Haymes

This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater
(Iddy Biddy)

The latest audio installment from the multi-faceted mind of Chandler Travis very well may be his best album yet… and that’s saying something. This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater is the debut of the Chandler Travis Three-O, and even more than his efforts with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Chandler Travis Philharmonette, the Catbirds or the Incredible Casuals, it’s pretty much unclassifiable. And, oh yeah, that’s how we like it.

The band has rumbled through town several times, but their return to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs tonight marks their first area appearance since the album was released.

So what to expect? Well, as Marlon Brando would say, “Whatta ya got?”

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