A LITTLE TOO LATE
A LITTLE TOO LATE–PLEASE DON’T CRY–EVERYBODY KNOWS–THE ONLY LOVE–KEEP YOU OFF MY MIND–DAMAGE DONE–CAROLINE–ROAD RUNS COLD–SALT AND SAND–DON’T FORGET
Austin-based roots-rocker Travis Green had a batch of songs written and ready to record for what would ultimately become his latest album, “A Little Too Late,” but was having trouble getting the right studio with the right players. A few of his friends suggested West Coast guru Kid Andersen and the Greaseland Studio out in San Jose. The two made it happen, and Travis even wrote a few more songs on his way to Cali, and this fine set is the result.
Travis is on vocals, with Kid on guitars and pedal steel. Jim Pugh is on keys, Randy Bermudes is on bass, Jason Hansen is on drums, Nancy Wright is on sax, with backing vocals from Courtney Knott and Lisa Leuschner Andersen. Altho Travis is from Texas and this set was created in San Jose, the ten original cuts take the listener all over the musical map. Things kick off with the sweet, rockabilly-tinged two-step of the title cut, featuring fine honky-tonk piano from Jim. Travis revisits that theme a bit later of wanting a lover he can never have, and tries everything to “Keep You Off My Mind.” The plaintive “Damage Done” is a tale of “having no more love to show” in a relationship, and asking for ultimate forgiveness, with Kid’s pedal steel the perfect foil.
Travis’ favorite song on this album deals with taking that last ride “over to the other side,” “Please Don’t Cry For Me when I’m gone!” It features haunting two-part harmony from Lisa Leuschner Andersen, adding to this song’s ambience. And, “Caroline,” (sung throughout as “Caro-LEAN), is a stone rocker with the theme of a musician trying to make a long-distance relationship work.
We had two favorites, too. “Everybody Knows” how evil his lover is in this one, and the horn and keys give it a good ole greasy, Memphis-Stax groove. And, you can’t help but hear the B. B. King influence in the guitar lines of the Fifties-influenced balladry of “The Only Love.”
Travis Green states that he does some of his best songwriting when he is either at the beginning or at the end of a relationship. “A Little Too Late” is full of his musings on life and love, and Kid and this stellar band pulls it all together! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.