YES FOR 40 DAYS AND NIGHTS SECUNDUS from TRAVIS BOWLIN is our SPOTLIGHT ALBUM.
One of the songs from album played every hour.
Travis Bowlin’s second studio album, “Secundus,” is a flavorful, driven, yet sultry rock/soul/blues opus that takes us from the jazzy, smoky lounge feeling of ‘Casaurina Sand’ to heavy-hitting rock songs like ‘Dancin’ with the Devil.’ There’s plenty of soul in between with tunes like ‘Strange Vibes,’ with its Wilson Pickett feel from start to finish, and the downright dirty blues stylings of tracks like ‘Slow Cooker Man’ & ‘Vicksburg Blues.’ This record is filled with lyrics that take you right there like a movie inside your head. There’s love, hate, happiness, sadness, and plenty of attitude throughout. The 12 original compositions were recorded at Mainframe Recording Studio with Bowlin serving as producer and Nathan Smith as sound engineer.
“Secundus is Latin for the Second but can also be used to describe being lucky or favorable,” says Bowlin. “I’m the second so named after my father. The Latin way for saying this and the other meanings of the word really resonated with me. My roots are blues and this word, Secundus, and its meanings, reminded me of John Lee Hooker’s song ‘Mr. Lucky.’ I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to do what I do. I have really put a lot of myself into this record in more ways than one. As an artist you never are satisfied with anything you do, but there’s a time when you have to say ok, that’s enough. Here are 12 songs about how I feel, how you might feel, and for everyone to have an opinion on. I am very proud of the music that was made in the studio and the “fun work” put into this record. I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”
In 1988, Travis Bowlin was born in a little river town just off the Ohio River called Aurora, IN near Cincinnati, Ohio. He found his love for roots music at the age 11, when he started singing for the honorable Cincinnati Boy Choir in Cincinnati Ohio. He first discovered his joy for playing instruments at age 15 when he received his grandmother’s old acoustic guitar. Throughout his teenage years Travis was very heavily involved in his school’s music program in both band and choir. Through the school Travis was able to perform solo at Disney World twice, the Indianapolis 500, and Cedar Point (Winning outstanding performer). After high school Travis traveled his tri-State of Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana booking as many shows as he could to work on his craft.
It wasn’t until 2012, when Travis would sign his first independent record deal, that things changed, allowing him to learn more about the music business and taking him to Music City (Nashville, TN). On March 1, 2014 Travis released his first studio single ‘Bad, Bad Man’ that was featured on many radio stations across the world and would land Travis and his band a performance spot on Nashville’s NBC News. 2014 would also bring Travis his first Master and Sync license and first global TV debut performing his original song ‘Traveling Man’ on TLC’s show 19 Kids and Counting for the episode “A Duggar Leaves Home.” During this same time Travis released his second studio single, ‘Got the Goods,’ which received great notoriety in the blues/rock/roots music world and scored him a feature in L.A. based Rock n Roll industries Magazine.
On June 9, 2015 ‘See You Again’ was released together with Travis’ first full length official music video. ‘See You Again’ climbed the charts reaching #5 on iTunes new blues and debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Report Blues/Rock chart. For nearly six months ‘See You Again’ charted on Roots Music Report and was listed on the 2016 Grammy entry ballot in American Root Performance and American Roots Song. His music video was nominated for a Midwest Video Music Award and the RockErie Awards.
Travis is currently traveling and performing in about 30 US states and 3 countries. He has performed at the Bayfront Blues Festival, Aurora Farmers Fair, National Cornbread Festival, Riverfront Nights, and Texas River Fest. He has headlined the Delta Dragon Riverboat Regatta, the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, and has shared the bill with Ricky Skaggs, Cyril Neville, John Mayall, Samantha Fish, Big Something, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, and Big Smo. In 2016 he was a “Best Band in Nashville” nominee and in 2017 toured Australia extensively. He is currently preparing for a tour to Iceland at the end of August and has recently been endorsed by Lace Music Products as their first and only Cigar Box Guitar pickup artist.