"Psychedelic Weirdness.”
If spoken by anyone other than Slaton Glover, this reference would surely elicit more questions than answers. But given that he and his cohorts in The Travelin’ Kine hold influences like Kris Kristofferson, David Grisman, and Widespread Panic in equally high esteem, hearing the frontman describe the band’s new music in this way, well, makes sense.
Glover started this project four years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, when he committed himself to writing and playing his songs whenever and wherever possible. In those early days, he was backed by a rotating cast of seasoned musicians from the area, but The Travelin’ Kine came together over time, and the definitive lineup coalesced two years ago when guitarist Scottie Frier and bassist Brent Poulson joined up with Glover, mandolinist David Vaughan, harp player Mark Davis, and drummer Jim Donnelly. Since then, they’ve recorded and released their debut album, Change in the Wind; received a few nods from the Charleston City Paper as the city’s favorite Americana band; and hit the road, developing their live show (which Frier calls their “biggest asset”) on stages across the Southeast with cohorts like Yarn, Drivin n Cryin and Dangermuffin.
These early successes were like flames to a mason jar of moonshine for the band, and Glover took advantage of this momentum when he started writing songs for their as-yet-untitled sophomore album shortly after the release of Change in the Wind. This time, though, the rest of the group joined the process early on, a decision that continues to afford them more opportunities to shape their sound than ever before. If you are looking for The Travelin’ Kine these days, certainly check the bar first, but chances are that you will find them at Donnelly’s Plowground Studios on Johns Island woodshedding these tracks with Josh Roberts of Josh Roberts & the Hinges, who is producing the album (Tim Nielson of Drivin n Cryin is assisting in the production). This new approach is paying off, yielding an album that Poulson calls “a lot more rocking than the last” and comprised of songs Davis says are “relatable across the band.”
Glover’s goal is to arrange and record 16-18 of the 20 plus songs he has written for the album, and from those, release a dozen. For Vaughan, it is all about the quality of the music, and he promises that there won’t be any filler. “This next album will be better,” he says. “I don’t want to be that band. I don’t want to just put music out there for the sake of it.” Once they are happy with the songs, they will decamp to Charleston’s Truphonic Recording Studios to record the album and if all goes well, it will be released in early fall.  
So back to that “psychedelic weirdness.” Fans new and old will get a taste of it in a few months when the album is wrapped up and released, but for the time being, the Magic 8 Ball says it’s safe to trust Glover. The Travelin’ Kine aren’t prone to embellishments, and in fact, they’ve proven themselves the kind of straight-shooting troubadours that most would expect to find playing “Red Dirt Americana.” They’ve already signaled a “change in the wind” in their hometown of Charleston, and that breeze is about to blow a lot harder and weirder in the coming weeks and months. That is a guarantee.

Welcome Ryan Bonner!!! 

Change can be scary but can also be essential for growth.  After a year of developing our sound and identity, we decided a change was necessary to move forward.  While we hate to see Walter Biffle go, we all feel after weeks of careful consideration this is the best thing for the band as well as each individual.  We have the deepest appreciation for Walter and the role he has played in our band and will forever be grateful for his contributions over the past year.  

Change is also exciting, and we are beyond excited to welcome Ryan Bonner to the band!  Ryan will be playing lead guitar as well as sharing some of the lead vocal responsibilities.  Ryan has long been a highly regarded musician not only locally but regionally also.  As well as being a member of The Travelin' Kine, Ryan fronts The Ryan Bonner Band and his latest album, "Only When It's Burning", has received high praise including the award for "Album of the Year" by the Charleston City Paper.  Be sure to check out Ryan's Website and give it a listen!  He also plays bass for regional touring band, Guilt Ridden Troubadour.  We believe Ryan is a perfect fit and can't wait for everyone to hear the new line-up!

Thanks to everyone for the ever-growing support!  We've been seeing the fruits of our labors through all the familiar faces at shows and the name recognition we seem to be gaining.  We look forward to taking the next step as we record our first album and begin touring regionally.  Stay tuned for the release of our first single, "Change in the Wind", and we hope to see you at a show soon!

Jake's Benefit with Friends 

Make sure you join us this Saturday, June 21, for a very worthy cause!  Jake is about as good as they come and the world is a better place to still have him in it!  So call up all your friends, load up the cars, and let's celebrate!

Bad Bad Men 

What an amazing time we had opening for Yarn at The Charleston Pour House!  They're some of the most genuine and friendly guys you'll ever meet.  It was my first time meeting them but both Dave and Jim had worked with them in the past.  We started the night with a toast to celebrate the occasion, and did it in style with a bottle of 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle!  Then on top of the honor of opening for those guys Blake asked us to play Bad Bad Man.  He came on stage and sang along to the chorus and Rick jumped in on the bass guitar!  Was a thrill to play it for those guys, especially with the fourth verse I added.  You can check it out in our "Videos" section.  And then go over to yarnmusic.net and give our Brooklyn friends a look.  Lots of dates coming up, we'd love to see you at a show!  Cheers!


YARN at The Charleston Pour House! 

The past two months have been awesome and it looks like the rest of the year will only get better!  We're thrilled to have the opportunity to open for one of our favorite bands at one of our favorite venues!  Make sure to put April 24 on the calendar, this is going to be an amazing show!   

Here Comes the Spring! 

We're almost at the end of what's been a slow February as far as shows go, but we've used the time wisely and got a lot done in the studio!  We can't wait for spring as it brings warmer weather, festivals, and a much busier show schedule.  Be sure to check back for updates!  Along with other shows, we have two pretty cool events in March we want to share with you:

We'll kick the spring off with SloCuts at Mini Bar, March 7.  This will be at Elliotborough Mini Bar in Downtown Charleston.  Besides the music there will be great food from two very talented guest chefs. The event starts at 6pm and we'll start playing around 8.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event.  Check out the "Shows" tab for a link for tickets.

March 13 we'll be celebrating Jim Donnelly and Slaton Glover's birthdays with our good friends at The Charleston Pour House!  Come out and join the festivities, this is bound to be a great time!  We may have a special guest or two share the stage.  As always, thanks for visiting our website and we hope to see you at a show soon!

Awendaw Green Barn Jam- 1/15/14 

We had a great time closing out The Barn Jam this past Wednesday!  Met some great people and enjoyed hearing some great music from bands all over the east coast!  Thanks to everyone who came out for sticking through the cold and making it a memorable experience.  Having a MTV film crew recording the show was just icing on the cake.  Be sure to watch for the pilot episode of "Notes From the Road" to air soon, you just may be on tv!
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