Winter Wind Concerts welcomes local artist Travis Linville to the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, for a solo concert 7 p.m., Sunday, April 1. This is an opportunity for those who love Linville’s music, but don’t really love late hours and smoke-filled venues, to enjoy an evening of Travis Linville solo, in a beautiful, smoke-free setting with outstanding sound quality and complimentary refreshments. Admission is $10.
The first music he learned was country, Linville says, but traditional jazz also defines his style and has played a big part in his musical studies. The melding of jazz and country, together with other musical influences, has resulted in the Okie music and Red Dirt sound which has become synonymous with his name.
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, produced between 2000 and 2004. Once a University of Oklahoma guitar performance major, Linville’s guitar work is dazzling, his songwriting simple and heartfelt.
With more than 1500 performances, and a long list of studio credits behind him, Linville now spends more time writing and recording at his Dirtybird Studio in Norman, performing about 150 days out of the year. “I hope to continue writing and performing music, touring, working as a sideman, and producing good records here in the woods.” Linville says.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council; Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Mark and Teresa Marsee; and Skye Diers of Gingerbread Kindergarten and Nursery School. In-kind support comes from Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, The Montford Inn and Residence Inn of Norman.