“We are very excited to have Travis Linville back to the Summer Breeze stage.” says Steven White, Summer Breeze Chair. “In many ways Travis reminds me of Willie Nelson when he plays in that he makes everything look easy and fun. You can definitely tell that he thoroughly enjoys what he is doing. Travis has played onstage with many of the biggest names in Country and Americana music and he is tremendously respected in the music industry as a performer and studio producer.”
Linville comes from a musical family. His father was the youngest member of the Linville Family Band performing at dances, parties and on the radio in Chickasha where Travis was born. It was his father’s guitar that Travis found in a closet when he was young, and the songs of the family gatherings that inspired him to pursue music.
At age 15, he submersed himself in guitar. Through his music mentor, Joe Settlemeyers (Ella Fitzgerald/Texas Playboys) Travis learned to master the art of classic guitar improvisation.
In 1996 he moved to Norman to study art and music at the University of Oklahoma, and later studied at the University of Science and the Arts in Chickasha, but he also spent a lot of time on the road earning a living.
In 1999 Travis was hired to play guitar for Texas crooner Claude Gray and on July 4, 1999, at the age of 21, Travis performed with Willie Nelson and Claude Gray at Willie Nelson’s Picnic.
After the Willie Nelson event, Travis and bassist Jamie Kelley were inspired to record an album of all original music titled “Travis Linville and the Burtschi Brothers - Uncertain Texas.” The popularity of this underground release led to the formation of the then fictional band and the Burtschi Brothers became “the hottest alternative/ americana/folkrock/ jamband to arrive on the regional college scene.”
Linville was the voice and lead songwriter for the Burtschi Brothers for five years, touring widely during that period. Much of his original music is recorded on the four Burtschi Brothers albums. The band played their last show in December 2005. Travis then made the transition to solo mode and toured for most of 2006, often showing up as lead guitar for others in the Texas music scene. He became lead guitar player for singer/songwriter Hayes Carll in 2007 and toured the USA, Canada and Europe.