Chandler Travis

Ivan in Paris

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This 1998 solo release finds Chandler Travis, a founding member of The Incredible Casuals, in the company of a wide and varied set of players. Key amongst these are Tim Dickey and Dinty Child, who between them play Dobro, mandolin, pump organ, accordion, and violin. The songs are full of heartfelt paeans to love, loss, and aging, as well as possessing an oddly skewed but quite inviting sense of humor, as evidenced by "Haircut," "Drive That Car, Mabel," and "You Jerk."

The set's one cover is the old chestnut "Skylark." This choice reveals much about what makes Travis's writing so compelling. He revels in melody, as well as surprising, but always logical, chord changes. "I Depend on You" could have been written any time in the first half of the 20th century, but is in fact a late 1990s original. Travis also celebrates the lost of art of a nicely composed song introduction. "You Better Slow Down" points the way to his next project, the horn-fueled LET'S HAVE A PANCAKE.

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