Caleb Travers

Caleb Travers

 St. Louis, Missouri, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

In solo sets, Travers' song-craft stands on its own weaving rich, fully-developed verses with clever hooks echoing Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams & Ryan Adams. With a band, he joins alt-rock energy and uncommonly emotive vocals for a sound distinctively his own.

Biography

There’s been a sense of expectation surrounding Caleb Travers for some time now. He’s been garnering accolades like “A talent to watch, for sure." from the St. Louis Beacon and "...one of the genre’s rising stars..." from The Columbia Tribune. He’s also been sharing the stage with the likes of Bobby Bare Jr., The Everybodyfields, Cameron McGill, Ha Ha Tonka, and taking his music across the U.S. to major cities, college towns and everywhere in-between.

Yet the sonorous voice and fully-developed song-craft of Travers’ 2007 record, Blue Weathered Dreams barely betray his 26 years. Getting his start in the tradition-rich St. Louis songwriter scene, he quickly became a favorite with his emotionally charged solo performances and memorable hooks. It wasn’t long until Travers and his band were named best Alt. Country act in St. Louis—all before his first record was even completed.

Lyrics

Wedding Day

Written By: Jonathan Caleb Travers (ASCAP)

I ain’t gonna work for your daddy no more
I’m tired of punchin’ the clock
My hands are weary & my dreams have died
& your paycheck won’t keep ‘em alive
The hands that feed us & the ties that bind
Will be the hands that bury us alive

I ain’t goin’ to church with your mother no more
I’m blowin all my candles out
The bread they feed us with sour wine
Is somethin that’s less than divine
The hands that feed us & the ties that bind
Will be the hands that bury us alive

The tables were set & the wine was poured
The food on the plates gettin’ cold
The band started playin the bride’s favorite song
But they all knew that somethin was wrong

I ain’t gonna marry your daughter today
I don’t want her jewels or fake smile
Her Hair is pretty & her perfume is fine
But you & I both know she was never mine
The hands that feed us & the ties that bind
Will be the hands that bury us alive

Gonna walk out that door,
Gonna stand on my own
I ain’t gettin married today
You can walk down that aisle,
You can pour all your wine
But I ain’t gettin married today

Not today, not today

Copyright © 2007 Caleb Travers Music (ASCAP)

Have You Changed

Written By: Jonathan Caleb Travers (ASCAP)

Early morning light through the widow of a motel room
Ends a lonely night in an empty bed that should sleep two
Put a silver flask of gin & some medicine in my black suit

Steppin on the gas California's in my rear-view
Arizona line and the sun is shinin' just like a jewel
Got a pocket full of change and a ticket for a train to a funeral

I drop some change into a pay-phone
to try and call you
I pray your number hasn’t changed
since I last saw you

You—have you changed, is your face as
Beautiful as the last time in my mind
Oh, you—

We used to meet at the Cherry Blossom down by the bluff
Where I would run & hide when my daddy got too angry & drunk
Up in Bristol Tennessee in a world of broken dreams growin up

Standin in the rain as the parson reads the 21st Psalm
Forgive us of our debts as we think of all the good that he done
I bow my head and pray to God that I can just think of one

I drop some change into a pay-phone
to try and call you
I pray your number hasn’t changed
since I last saw you

You—have you changed, is your face as
Beautiful as the last time in my mind
Oh, you—

Light a cigarette in the empty chair where he was so drunk
The morning that I left
he said he didn't give a fuck
I always told myself
I would never become what he was

I took a train before my 18th birthday was over
I prayed that you would stay the same until I found you

You—have you changed, is your face as
Beautiful as the last time in my mind
Oh, you—
Oh, you—
Have you changed

Copyright © 2007 Caleb Travers Music (ASCAP)

Take You for a Ride

Written By: J. Caleb Travers (ASCAP)

Don't cry for tomorrow
It might bring the sun
I begged and I borrowed
Jewels I said I'd won

It may take a little time now baby
To turn our sadness into smiles
I wanna take you for a ride now baby
Far away from this long night

It looks like a mountain
The bad things we fear
It feels like we're drownin
In all of these tears

I wanna take you for a ride now baby
Watch the wind blow through your hair
Watch the sunrise on the highway
Watch the darkness disappear

Discography

Blue Weathered Dreams (LP) - Debut Self-Release

Song Listing -

Annie
Enough
6 o'clock News
Have You Changed
Lay Me Down
American Conversation
Got No Feelin
Brokedown Palaces
Wedding Day

Radio Airplay -

St. Louis, MO - FM 88.1 KDHX streaming live at www.kdhx.org

Dubuque, IA - KGRR 97.3

College Cities Played -

Columbia, MO (University Of Missouri Columbia)

Edwardsville, IL (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

Champaign, IL (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Murray, KY (Murray State University)

Ann Arbor (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Dubuque, IA (University of Dubuque)

Honors & Awards -

Best Songwriter
- River Front Times "Best of St. Louis" 2008

Best Singer-Songwriter
- River Front Times Music Awards Nominee 2009

Set List

Original Songs -

Enough
Lay Me Down
Have You Changed
Brokedown Palaces
Wedding Day
Sobriety
Take You For a Ride
Miles Away (Your Love)
The Other Side of the Tracks
Turn Out the Lights
Drinking on South Ground
From Now On
Stupid and Sad
The Car is Runnin
Close Your Eyes
Diamonds
Spell
I Believe You
Memories Fade
Treat You Like I Wanted
Wish You the Best
Save Me

Often, I will play solo "long-sets" at bars and restaurants that have all night music, typically a 3-4 hour slot. In those situations I play a variety of covers songs in 45-minute increments. Here's a representative (not exhaustive) list of those tunes-

You Don't Know How if Feels (Tom Petty)
Blue Eyes (Gram Parsons)
Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)
Girl of the North Country (Bob Dylan)
Golden (My Morning Jacket)
Hold on, Hold On (Neko Case)
I Lost It (Lucinda Williams)
A Kiss Before I Go (Ryan Adams)
Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan)
Mansion on the Hill (Bruce Springsteen)
Only a Fool Breaks His Ow