Traveller is an indie rock/Americana supergroup comprised of some of contemporary Americana’s most accomplished and acclaimed, contemporary, solo artists: Jonny Fritz, a singer/songwriter who, has been considered a logical heir to country music legend Roger Miller; Cory Chisel, a Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter who has collaborated with Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell and runs a recording studio in a former Wisconsin monastery that’s also an arts space; and Robert Ellis, a a critically applauded artist known for being a rather inventive singer/songwriter. Interestingly, the act can trace its origins to when longtime friends Ellis and Fritz had been collaborating together for some time got a ridiculous idea to head to India to write a country album. The duo set off on their epic journey to India but after an ill-advised, exuberant jump into the Ganges, Ellis got ill and almost died. Fortunately though, Ellis was able to kick his illness and recover — and the idea of their collaboration didn’t die either.
Several months later, Ellis and Fritz recruited Chisel, and within a couple of weeks the new band had written an album’s worth of material, which they followed with their live debut at the Newport Folk Festival
and sets at Stagecoach
and Austin City Limits
. Reportedly, the trio’s aesthetic and songwriting approach draws from the likes of both The Highwaymen
and The Traveling Wilburys
, supergroups in which each individual member plays to their well-known and beloved strengths while taking turns showing off their chops as been-there-done-that, played-every-venue-including-that-shitty-one-that-stank-of-stale-beer-and-puke old pros — but they do so with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor throughout.
, the supergroup’s highly-anticipated, forthcoming full-length debut is slated for a May 4, 2018 release, and the album’s latest single “Hummingbird” is a jangling and twangy bit of old-timey rock/country that to my ears manages to nod to The Beatles
and to George Harrison
‘s “Got My Mind Set On You
” but with a mischievous sense of humor, complete with some winklingly ribald double entendres and pop cultural references that give the song a wild anachronistic feel.
The supergroup will be touring throughout May to support their full-length debut and the tour will include a two night stay at Union Pool
— May 8, 2018 and May 9, 2018. Check out the rest of the dates below.
May 04 – Cranky Pats – Neenah, WI
May 05 – Ballroom at 31 West – Newark, OH (w/ Dawes)
May 07 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
May 08 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
May 09 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
May 10 – Radio Bristol – Bristol, VA
May 11 – Standard Deluxe – Waverly, AL
May 12 – Basement East – Nashville, TN
May 13 – Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN
May 14 – Space – Evanston, IL
May 16 – Codfish Hollow – Maquoketa, IA