Travis Oliver    Musician
San Diego , CA
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  • San Diego based southern influenced singer and songwriter who specializes in flatpicking guitar and roots music.
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Travis is an acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter that specializes in flatpicking guitar and roots music.  Currently based in the Ocean Beach community of San Diego, Ca, he was raised between the mountains and swamps throughout the Southeastern U.S. taking in musical influences along the way.  These influences include Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Reno and Smiley, The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Phish. He began learning the art of acoustic roots music at an early age and spent many years honing his musical voice and style.  As a 10th generation Appalachian, he comes from families rich in musical heritage like his cousin and International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductee Arthur Lee “Red” Smiley.Travis’ performances strategically balance fiery guitar picking, tone filled melodies, heartfelt ballads and witty song selections to entertain the listener and keep them wondering what will come next.  He has been performing in the San Diego area since 2012 in music venues, cafes, restaurants and festivals as a solo performer and with bands. He has opened for local bands as well as national touring acts and has shared the stage with top notch music professionals like Tyler Grant (Grant Farm, Bill Nershi Band), John Mailander (Billy Strings, Bruce Hornsby) and Kellen Asebroek (Fruition).He arranged and produced his first two releases both of which are currently available at all digital music outlets.  The first, titled “The John Olivers - Herringbones,” was released in November of 2015 and features his father and the two guitars he learned the craft with. The second, a self titled EP with his band Guiro Grass, was released in July of 2016. Guiro Grass is an acoustic duo consisting of flatpicking guitar and guiro(pr: wee-doh) that combines bluegrass and folk with latin grooves from Puerto Rico and Cuba.  Travis is currently working on writing and arranging new music for his next release featuring all original material set for release in early 2020.  
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