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JOEY, JOEY, JOEY

Travis Edmonson was performing Broadway songs since he started singing professionally, and this one from “A Most Happy Fella,” like others of the genre in his repertoire, suited his style and act as easily as if it came from the pen of Woody Guthrie.    That ability to select show tunes which fit his voice so perfectly gave further breadth to his concerts, with the varied strands always blending harmoniously.

The selected sound clip is from the Bud and Travis “Naturally” LP (with its pleasing guitar arrangement),  chosen for the smile in their voices which set it apart.  But for an unbeatable opening to this song, “ Live at UC Santa Barbara” is Travis Edmonson as engaging as he can be.  A Must Have!


JUDGMENT DAY ("All Over the World")

Travis Edmonson recorded two versions of this witty gospel-oriented composition - which some would consider a predecessor to rap with its singsong recitation style.  Done unaccompanied on “Travis on his Own,” and interlaced with another tune as lead track of “The Gateway Singers in Hi Fi,” it relates the "true" story behind a series of Biblical events with unabashed confidence in their veracity.


LA BAMBA

The frenetic “Mexican Wedding Dance” from Vera Cruz is always a tour de force which can get audiences jumping out of their seats. Travis Edmonson's ability to both play and sing this piece at such breakneck speed baffles any mere mortal.  Still a  show stopper no matter how many thousand times it is experienced.

LA VAQUILLA COLORADA

This rousing Mexican cowboy song about a red heifer seems to need no translation when Travis Edmonson sings it, making audiences yearn for a home on the range.

He explains that “one of the reasons why it is a favorite of mine is because it concerns itself and springs from an area of Mexican life that's all together too often ignored by Americans - namely, ranching and the cattle business.”

“La Vaquilla Colorada” has, a sound which evokes the whole panoply of ranching for him, noting “everything is in there but the lowing of the cattle!  It feels like, sounds like, almost smells like the cattle business.”  Travis Edmonson even goes as far as saying, “When I sing that song, I think of what it is to sit on top of a horse, herding cattle.”

He first heard the stirring song done live by a mariachi group in Alisco, on the western coast of Mexico, sometime in the forties, recalling “The mariachis sang the song with such FEELING, with the  yelling and everything that went along with it, that I was very moved by it, and have loved it ever since.”

There's no doubt that he has managed to transmit a good picture of the cattle business to audiences who  don't know anything about the life.  But the true test of getting his message across  has taken place when he's sung “La Vaquilla Colorada” before the men on the front lines - cowboys and ranchers themselves.  They never fail to comment emphatically, “oh' yes! That's the sound.; that's it!”


LET ME FLY

A popular number with Gateway Singers audiences when Travis Edmonson was with the group, the jubilant gospel number was also recorded for “Spotlight on Bud and Travis.”


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