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DOWN IN THE VALLEY

The new life Bud & Travis could breathe into a traditional song couldn't be better represented by their lovely Down in the Valley on the Naturally album.  When we made it our download of the week, after he heard the song Hugh Lafferty - who sang and served with Bud in Korea - sent in these lines

“Have played "Down In The Valley" and what memories ... like walking into a church and hearing this beautiful song.  Fifty seven years ago tonight, the battery and headquarters officers had  a few drinks after a CSMO meeting with the Battalion CO.  CSMO ... Close Station March Order.  The Battalion would move over to the vicinity of the Kumsong Salient and support A ROK (Republic of Korea) division and crush a Chinese threat to "straighten" the lines.

Bud Dashiell and I sang several songs including "Down In The Valley" that night.

The next morning, the Battalion S-3 (Gunnery) and I drove over to our new position and I said to Bob Rader atter we did our RECON, "Captain, there's no 'bleeping' way out of this mini-canyon" ... I was right.

The previous evening was the last time I saw Bud.  We never stayed in touch.  The next thing was stopping in that record store in downtown LA.  It was only yesterday!”


EAST VIRGINIA BLUES

Sung with an easy sense of relaxation in live performance at The Troubadour (“On Cue”), this sublime version of the classic folk/blues tune has a simplicity that is magic.  The singer sights a woman,  and, without his ever becoming acquainted with her, she becomes the object of his passion, a tale that harks back to all the strangers and might-have-been relationships which populate a lifetime.


E LA BAS

A perpetual crowd pleaser - often with audience participation - this New Orleans song, partially done in the local French slang, was a staple of any Travis Edmonson concert.  It was also released as a single, and can be found on two live albums (“In Concert Volume 2” - as well as the CD of that show - and “Live at UC Santa Barbara”).


ELLEN

Which  heart wouldn't be stolen  by this moving narration of the precious qualities of Ellen whose “touch was softer than a cloud,” and by the pervading sense of loss her absence brought?  A Travis Edmonson composition from “on His Own”)


EVERYBODY LOVES SATURDAY NIGHT

This was a song which Travis Edmonson introduced into The Gateway Singers repertoire in the mid-fifties, but was unfortunately never recorded by the group.  All the worth waiting for the Bud & Travis “In Concert” album.

Joyously topping off the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium performance in March 1960, it  seems to capture the essence of a magnificent and  sparkling night, one which lives on and on in the hearts of old fans, and via the “Santa Monica Concert” CD, brings so many new  ones to the fold.

On its own, with its references to liberation and letting loose, “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” would bring any audience alive, but on this recording of it, there is a  sense of elation on stage which carries into the crowd, and sweeps them away on the same wave.  A glorious moment to treasure forever.


EVERY NIGHT WHEN THE SUN GOES IN (“Suzanne”)

Also sung by Travis Edmonson as a member of The Gateway Singers on their first album, “Puttin' on the Style,” under the title “True Love,” this Harry Belafonte piece reached new heights under the patronage of Travis Edmonson.  On Volume 2 of “In Concert,” it is high on the list of his most appealing performances.  His capacity to convey every nuance of  pathos in a blues song, and to hold an audience in the palm of his hand is all here in this touching performance.

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