Summary Of My Interview With Guitarist Travis Willard Newman. His Thoughts On What He Likes To Hear From Piano Players.
This is a summary of my interview with musician/guitar player Travis Willard Newman. Travis is from South-Western Virginia and has been working for 27 years as a guitar player. He has spent time as a sideman, a session player and also produces. Some national artists he has played with are Clifford Curry, Jay Proctor and the Techniques, Craig Morgan, Love and Theft, Barret Baber, Craig Wayne Boyd, Presley and Taylor, Glen Templeton, Charlie Floyd, and Tracy Lawrence (currently with Tracy Lawrence). He is from Southwester Virginia.
Some things Travis looks for in a piano player:
Travis talks about the kinds of sounds he likes to hear keyboard players’ use.
We talked about relationships with other musicians:
I talked a lot too and hopefully some things I said were helpful to someone else. I do remember saying that, in general, all piano players need to work on their time. But I can name a few who already have great time. And I’m sure there are plenty of grooving piano players that I don’t know of. And I know it has been something I came to understand was important later in life. I just want to stress how important time is to that piano player out there that thinks this is an optional skill to work on. It is not.
I thought this interview was interesting because it is so rare for a musician to talk about piano players and what they are wanting to hear from us. And really, it’s not their role unless they are teaching. I put Travis in the hot seat and he delivered. Travis’s opinions may not square with yours or everyone else’s. He’d be the first one to admit that. But isn’t it nice to hear anyway? I hope you take his perspective and ponder it a bit next time you sit down to practice, record or play. I know I will.
A special thank you to Travis Willard Newman. I know I learned a lot. Travis is so much fun to work with on stage and off. I consider myself lucky to get to work with him.
Obviously, we don't know everything. But we do tend to think differently. Here are some of my thoughts on piano and maybe some on life. I play piano for Tracy Lawrence, produce new artists, write and practice piano.