While Muhlenberg County, Ky., is well known for its rich veins of coal, it's also known for its wealth of musicians, singers and songwriters.
Travis Dukes, a coal miner's son, grew up singing in the church choir as a boy andlater made his way through college performing in various venues around Bowling Green.
With a home base in Nashville, the multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer is opening for acts like the up and coming Charlie Worsham and 90s country hit maker Billy Dean.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in special education, Travis taught in the Williamson County, Tenn., school district for three years before making music his full-time profession.
“I learned a lot from the kiddos,” said Travis. "Patience is key.”
With roots in gospel, his varied influences also include the music of Nirvana, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty and Eminem.
“I really get into the storytellers,” said Travis. “It's how a story is shared through music that relates to everyone.”
No matter what song he sings — whether original music or a cover tune, Travis delivers the song with his own flavor.
Continually perfecting his songwriting craft, Travis has been taught the ropes with songwriters such as Richie Brown (whose songs have been hits for Garth Brooks and Jerrod Niemann), and has written some great tunes with James Breedwell of William Berry Publishing.
Whether with his band or performing his one-man show, Travis delivers his unique performances to audiences throughout the nation. He has played several major gigs for large companies like Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn.
Travis has also performed in several concert series for venues such as 95 WGGC, MBR Distillery, Camp Jordan's Summer Jams, as well as state and national fundraisers such as the Tennessee Kidney Foundation and the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
New audiences become new fans of the creatively-talented Travis Dukes as his career branches into new territories without missing a beat. His improvisational humor and interaction with audiences create a fun-filled evening that creates lasting impressions with new found friends.