State Of Depression from Travers Chandler

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concerned

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Hope the cd is successful and travers will finally start providing for his children. There's a first time for everything
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Jessica did not play bass on cd but is still credited. Jessica has no class. She is living with a married man. Jessica is white trash who should be run back to Texas.
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Nov 20, 2010
 
Let's be fair: Jessica was not the first affair just the final straw for the wife. Shame on Travers.
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Nov 20, 2010
 
Face the fact that amateur talent doesn't make you a good person. Some fans will take exception. Some fans couldn't care less. Sad but true.
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concerned wrote:
Hope the cd is successful and travers will finally start providing for his children. There's a first time for everything
Don't count on it. He's come to expect someone else to take responsibility. Would take an enforced court order
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Let's be fair: Jessica was not the first affair just the final straw for the wife. Shame on Travers.
Travers and Jessica have both done this before. Why do you think she left Texas?
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bystander wrote:
Let's be fair: Jessica was not the first affair just the final straw for the wife. Shame on Travers.
That's right. Bum did the same thing when he lived in Richmond. Another desperate female. Looks like there's no shortage of sorry women.
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He did the same in Florida while his wife was taking care of his sick father. He is a dog
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disgusted wrote:
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That's right. Bum did the same thing when he lived in Richmond. Another desperate female. Looks like there's no shortage of sorry women.
Its a family tradition. He takes after his mother
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I heard Jessica bragging and have not attended a show since. Diehard bluegrass fans have morals and don't like what jessica has done especially when small children are suffering the consequences and going without because women like jessica can't keep their panties on. The tension she has brought to the group shows on stage. GO HOME TRAMP. I'm sure there's a marriage waiting there to break up!
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I agree. Avery County was the wife's idea, she was instrumental in development of the group and supportive to the point of exhaustion. This cd would not have happened without her. She named the group also. She should get a full cut of the profits. If travers has good sense he would have that woman on stage with him. Her vocals put jessica to shame. that won't happen now cause she's had enough of the arrogant know it all
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Nov 20, 2010
 
Perfect example of the 80/20 rule. Jessica is his 20. He should be ashamed of the way he ignores the needs of his children. Hey travers: children eat too! And need clothes and heat! What's wrong with you?
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Marilyn would have been disappointed, ashamed and embarrassed!!!
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Dec 6, 2010
 
I got my copy of the record and it was amazing traditional bluegrass. Really reminded me of why I like bluegrass to begin with. And I have seen the band in person numerous times, the last time Friday night and as usual they were fantastic and I will see them again.I noticed no tension in the stage, and have never heard Travers or Jessica be anything short of friendly and professional. to see their names slandered like this angers me. Get a life people. Stop being jealous of talent you cant appreciate!
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I reviewed 'State of Depression.' Thought it might be useful for those of you thinking about buying the album:

(or you can find the whole review and others here: http://www.averycountyband.com/fr_home.cfm )

Avery County’s State of Depression does right by an often-ignored niche in the genre,“Baltimore Barroom Bluegrass.” Telling the stories of Appalachian workers lured to the city by opportunity in the 1950’s and 60’s, the project is covered in coal dust and delightfully lonesome, echoing themes of barroom temptation, big-city loneliness and unmet expectations.

Having put in time as sidemen with The James King Band, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass and The Country Gentlemen, these boys learned their chops from the roots up, and it shows. The instrumental interplay is somewhat reminiscent of the Johnson Mountain Boys, each member lending tasteful support to the overall sound.

As David Smith, of Durango’s KDUR said on his first listen to the new disc,“When an album starts out with a song about a miner dying of black lung disease, then one where your sister shames the family by being a whore you know it’s going to be a great album.” The group has a knack for song selection, unearthing a number of gems on the release.“Too Deep in Heartaches,” a song plucked from the repertoire of the Bowes Brothers,(a little-known 1950’s and 60’s North Carolina bluegrass band) is a perfect example.

The title track, Vernon Oxford’s “State of Depression”, and Hank Williams, Jr’s “Stoned at the Jukebox” boast the heartfelt vocals of Travers Chandler, a seasoned mandolinist with work for Karl Shifflett and Danny Paisley on his bluegrass resume. Chandler’s playing leans heavily toward old-school sound and is featured in Dewey Farmer’s cross-tuned mandolin instrumental,“Lonesome Smokey.” The five-string breaks and back-up work of Adam Poindexter (long-time James King sideman) offer wonderful texture and drive throughout the album. Poindexter also teams Blake Johnson (bassist, now of the Hagar’s Mountain Boys) to contribute the sort of strong harmony vocals the genre is known for. The classic “Have You Come to Say Goodbye My Darlin’?” and an old-time standard in overdrive,“Let Me Fall”(which the band was quick to tell me was recorded before Adam Steffey’s version) round out the album with tasty Jimmy Martin style guitar runs to boot.

Avery County’s hard-edged, mid-century sound sets them apart from their slicker contemporaries and is likely to garner well-deserved attention in the bluegrass world. Whether you’re the type pull up a barstool or a rocking chair, State of Depression is worthy of a serious listen. Patuxent has yet to set a release date, but be on the lookout for the disc in the next few months at www.averycountyband.com

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James Harlow wrote:
I got my copy of the record and it was amazing traditional bluegrass. Really reminded me of why I like bluegrass to begin with. And I have seen the band in person numerous times, the last time Friday night and as usual they were fantastic and I will see them again.I noticed no tension in the stage, and have never heard Travers or Jessica be anything short of friendly and professional. to see their names slandered like this angers me. Get a life people. Stop being jealous of talent you cant appreciate!
. Then you aren't paying attention dude. There is no slander here, only the ugly truth. It angers me to see his kids go without. That's what others here are complaining about also. And as for Jessica, she thinks she's his Ms Right? She's just Ms Right now! You don't have to take my word for it. Check it out. you will definitely think twice before throwing around slander accusations again.
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This from someone who doesnt have enough guts to reveal their identity...You guys apprently dont know the same story i do about the wife..She seems to have a penchant for illegal substances and many men...so the pendulum appears to swing both ways
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Jan 14, 2011
 
great album, great band and very nice folks- from all i know of them! oh, how people love to talk when a little success comes someone's way. pretty pathetic, if you ask me. the music should speak for itself.
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Jan 22, 2011
 
Evidently James does not know the wife and is just another groupie.
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Jan 23, 2011
 
James really doesn't know what he's talking about. I know this isn't true. Sounds like a typical deadbeat's response to smoke screen the truth. The pendulum does not swing both ways.

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