See You Around
On his sophomore album Linville opts to ditch the band and go it alone on his first solo attempt. While the talented and very pleasing accompaniment of Linville’s backing band has served him well, it’s his songwriting and lyricism that has always been the heart of what attracts people to his music. And luckily for his fans Linville has a lot to write about, with See You Around comprising of 20 songs. Stories of hope, longing, Oklahoma storms, the beauty of nature, and the highs and lows of life embrace Linville’s soft, acoustic guitar and spin some very tangible and comforting yarns. When listening to the songs it’s easy to imagine Linville holed up in his cabin-esque studio, tucked away in the woods that surround the lake with his guitar and harmonica. Don’t let this image misguide you though. A solo acoustic album might conjure up images of soft, folksy tunes that progress from a C chord to a G and little else. You have to remember this is Travis Linville we’re talking about. Yes, the songs can be soft and they can be folksy, but they’re always filled with the dancing of Linville’s quick fingers, plucking and hammering intricate guitar melodies that would make Charlie Christian blush. From Honky-Tonk to Folk, Old-Timey to the Blues, Linville once again shows us why he is one of Oklahoma’s fondest sons, and leaves me pondering which ancient guitar god resides in the rich wood of his acoustic guitar.