Up-and-Coming Singer-Songwriter Travis Linville Talks About His Breakthrough Album, ‘Up Ahead’

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Singer-songwriter Travis Linville grew up in a highly musical family. His grandparents played in a band that performed on a weekly radio show in the 1950s.

“They had a room full of musical instruments with a full on stage where they hosted parties,” says Linville via phone from a recording studio in Norman, Oklahoma that’s near his Tulsa home. He opens for Bob Schneider on July 26 at the Music Box Supper Club. “I was too young to get in on most of that, but I did catch a little bit of it before my grandfather passed away. It felt okay to pursue that because our family was known for building horse trailers and playing music.”

Known for his work as a sideman with Texas songwriter Hayes Carll, who calls him “criminally underrated,” Linville has sold thousands of albums and played thousands of shows in his 20-plus year career. His recent album, Up Ahead, a record featuring his well-crafted songs and supple, Lyle Lovett-like voice.

While still in junior high, he began to take music classes and says he learned a few Nirvana songs while he and he his friends goofed around and tried to figure out how to play the instrument.

“I started…

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