Travis Meadows

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Travis Meadows
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Years active 2011–present
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Travis Meadows is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has released two albums, as well as writing songs for other country artists.

Early life[edit]

Meadows was born in 1965 in Mississippi, growing up in Jackson.[1][2] He began using drugs at an early age,[1] and when he was 14, he was diagnosed with bone cancer, which eventually led to the loss of most of his right leg.[1]

Music career[edit]

At the age of 16, he began playing in local bands, starting his musical career as a drummer before beginning to play the harmonica and guitar by the time he was 21.[2] During his early 20s, he performed with blues musicians such as Sam Myers, and moved to Gatlinburg, where he began writing songs.[2] In his mid-20s, Meadows became a Christian missionary and later a preacher, traveling around the United States and overseas, as well as writing and performing Christian music.[2] By his late 30s, however, he had become disenchanted with the church, and moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career.[2] He signed a contract with Universal Music Publishing, but at the same time his life-long drinking and drug habits led to a multi-year descent into alcoholism and abuse.[1] After four trips to rehab, he succeeded in regaining sobriety in 2010.[1]

In 2011, Meadows released a studio album, titled Killing Uncle Buzzy, written in 2010 while he was recovering from his alcohol addiction during his fourth period in rehab.[1] According to Meadows, a counselor had suggested keeping a journal, which led to him writing songs instead.[1] In 2013, after his songwriting contract with Universal expired, he began writing independently before signing with independent record label Kobalt Music and releasing a second album, Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business.[2]

In 2017, Meadows released his third album, First Cigarette. The album was produced by Jeremy Spillman and assisted by Jay Joyce, and it the first album by Meadows to receive label support.[3] It is also his first album to appear on Billboard charts, reaching No. 21 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 48 on Independent Albums. It sold 1,100 sold in its debut week,[4] reaching No. 17 on Americana/Folk Album Sales and No. 34 on Country Album Sales.[5]

Television appearances[edit]

In 2016, Travis Meadows was featured in an episode of the television show American Elements.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Heat

[7]
US
Indie

[7]
Killing Uncle Buzzy[8]
  • Release date: July 19, 2011
  • Label: Travis Meadows
Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business (EP)[9]
  • Release date: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Travis Meadows
First Cigarette
  • Release date: October 13, 2017
  • Label: Blaster Records
21 48
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Songs Recorded by Other Artists[edit]

In addition to his solo work, Meadows has written songs for other country musicians.

Artist Song Album Year
Kenny Chesney Better Boat Song for the Saints 2018
Blackberry Smoke Medicate My Mind Find A Light 2018
Blackberry Smoke Seems So Far Find A Light 2018
Brothers Osborne While You Still Can Port Saint Joe 2018
Lindsay Ell Worth the Wait The Project 2017
Randy Houser Hot Beer and Cold Women Fired Up 2016
Wynonna Judd Things That I Lean On Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise* 2016
Hank Williams Jr. God And Guns It's About Time 2016
Eric Church Knives Of New Orleans Mr. Misunderstood 2015
Levi Lowrey My Crazy Head My Crazy Head 2015
Dierks Bentley Riser Riser 2014
Levi Lowrey Long Way Home Levi Lowrey 2014
Frankie Ballard Don't You Wanna Fail Sunshine & Whiskey 2014
Eric Church Dark Side The Outsiders 2014
Jake Owen What We Ain't Got Days Of Gold 2013
Robby Armstrong Better Me Robby Armstrong 2013
Jimmie Van Zant Chasing Shadows Feels Like Freedom 2012
High Valley Trying To Believe Love Is a Long Road 2012
Blackberry Smoke Pretty Little Lie The Whippoorwill* 2012
Adam Brand It's Gonna Be OK It's Gonna Be OK* 2010
Flynnville Train Friend Of Sinners Redemption 2010
Jake Owen Cherry On Top Easy Does It 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd Gods & Guns Gods & Guns 2009
Mary Gauthier I Ain't Leaving Between Daylight & Dark 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Nashville's Most Badass Songwriter Travis Meadows Shares Tragic Life Stories". Rolling Stone Country. 8 October 2015. Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Exclusive: Songwriter Travis Meadows on writing Dierks Bentley's "Riser," his tragic past and finding redemption". Nashville Gab. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Hyman, Dan (October 13, 2017). "Why Songwriter Travis Meadows Is Nashville's Favorite Underdog". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 24, 2017). "TOP 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 24, 2017". Roughstock. 
  5. ^ "Country Album Sales". Billboard. November 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Travis Meadows : American Elements". CarbonTV. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Search results: Travis Meadows". Billboard. 
  8. ^ "Killin' uncle Buzzy - Travis Meadows". Amazon. 
  9. ^ "Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business [Explicit] - Travis Meadows". Amazon. 
  10. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 24, 2017). "TOP 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 24, 2017". Roughstock.