Roaring out of Texarkana, Travis Whitelaw's country raunch-rock pounds a stake through the heart of political correctness. His songs about roadside massage parlors, hitching rides with crossdressers, and whoring south of the border boast more hooks than a tackle shop. Men might blush and women may blanch - but they'll all sing along.
Brash, bold, uncompromising, and never afraid to take a stand against the arbiters of good taste, the "Rockin' Redneck" delivers take-no-prisoners epics with all the subtlety of a semi loaded with hog feed crashing a toll gate. And that's just the ballads.
Newly relocated from his native Arkansas to New York City, Travis and his crack band are bringing his tawdry over-the-top tunes to a honky tonk near you soon!
Travis & The Longhorns will be performing their rockin' redneck classics on the Upper West Side over the next few months. Y'all come out, it's gonna be a good time! No Cover!!
March 22, April 19, & May 17 @ 8:00pm
107th Street & West End Ave, NYC
March 8, 2012
Travis' debut album, Sexarkana!, has received a rave review from the good folks at Brooklyn Country. Check it out at www.brooklyncountry.com
January 3, 2012
Travis Whitelaw has released his latest classic "Beer", available at iTunes and Amazon.com. Download it today and have a "Beer" on Travis!
April 26, 2011
Travis is interviewed in the June 2011 edition of Penthouse Forum. It's on your newsstand now! Just look for the issue with the lovely Nikki Benz on the cover. Get it today!
Travis and Kyle have been hard at work crafting new instant classics for Travis' second album (working title, "The Lady Driller"). New song titles include, "He Was Strange (but I Needed a Ride)" "Booty Call", "Don't Ask (and I Won't Tell)", "Hillbilly Filly", and the sure to be iconic "Dum Ass". Watch this space for more updates real soon and Happy 2011 to all you Travis lovers out there. Travis loves ya back--and that's a GOOD thing!
Tune into Raw Dog Comedy on XM-Sirius and hear selections from 'Sexarkana!'
Request Travis on Raw Dog. CALL 866*4*RAW DOG and ask for your favorite tunes from "Sexarkana!"
The Best and Funniest review of "Sexarkana!" yet written!!
"I just happened to be finishing up making a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies as I first put on SEXARKANA! by Travis Whitelaw. I was blasting it from my music room,(the last vestige of my adolescence), washing the dishes and drinking in the Filth-Flarn-Filth and the glorious savage sound that is Travis Whitelaw, when it occurred to me . . . "when the hell did I become such a prude, so freakin metro-sexual?" Did I ever embrace the Travis Whitelaw gospel? Or have I always been such a Nance? No matter, as now I have theme music to fly my Man Flag to.
From the first track to the last Travis extols the virtues of what south of the Mason-Dixon line life is like to the honest, hard working, red blooded American man. Travis refuses to submit to being a kinder, gentler cowboy or more likely he's unaware there's any other way to think. Every song has a hook, and every hook may offend the more sensitive among us, but if one is so offended then I say you don't possess a sense of humor.
Musically his fusion of older country/rock and roll styles is a breath of fresh air in this electronic music miasma we all listen to these days. Real cowboy licks, moans from pedal steels and real Leo Fender guitars. It's obvious from the start that blood, sweat, tears, drool, and other manly fluids were the special sauce used to create this sextroverted CD.
Production-wise it's impeccable, no fancy sound effects, vocorders, or pitch correctors etc. were used to bring his undeniably masculine message across. Just raw talent from the fingers and pipes captured for our ear-gasmic pleasure.
Let's face it what do us men have in life? We've got football on Sundays and maybe a beer now and again. What we really need is some damn theme music to remember back in the day when we were blissfully ignorant of what the word misogyny meant. We had sets of nuts, we said what we felt, and tried to feel as much as we could.
So if you've got a loogey to hock, some shit to kick, or you just need to remember yer a man get this CD now! I rate it 5 out 5 SEXARKANA! lone stars!"
-Joel Newman, guitarist extraordinaire, Maryland, USA Travis is on XM-Sirius Howard 101 featured on Red Peters' Valentine's Day Special
Sunday Feb 14 @ 1pm ET and Monday Feb 15 @ 7pm ET on Howard 101 XM-Sirius Radio. Be sure to tune in!
Request Travis on the Raw Dog Comedy Show on XM-Sirius Radio
Go here: http://xmfan.com/guide.php?q=Travis%20Whitelaw&mode=artist "Travis is comedy gold!" says ace reviewer and man-about-town Randy Harward in the new issue of City Weekly
Go to the Reviews page to read the whole thing!
Then click on "download" here or on iTunes
and get yer own copy of 'Sexarkana!' today!
"Travis Whitelaw's music is so much fun to listen to...it's refreshing to hear somebody who ain't afraid to say what they really feel these days...and damn funny too! He's a true-blue, God and Guns American."
--Peter Keys, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Travis and Kyle recently did a great photo shoot with ace lensman Matt Gunther.
Photos will be posted soon to Travis's Facebook group and Myspace page.
"The rhythm of comedy is connected to the rhythm of music"
"...comedy has been at the core of country music almost from its inception."
-Cub Koda, allmusic.com April '09 "Bristol's Baby Daddy (The Ballad of Levi's Johnson)" name-checked on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC this morning!
Asked his thoughts on this development Travis had this to offer, "If ya go out without a raincoat, ya git wet! It ain't no secret! Hell, you cain't tell me nuthin' 'bout nuthin'! All three o' mah girls, Arlene, Darlene, and Charlene had one in the oven by the time they wuz 15! What the hell do ya expect?" Go to www.youtube.com/travishwhitelaw to see the videos!
AM-NY newspaper dubs Sexarkana! "Scandalous" in their March 25th issue! Travis featured on WFDU-FM 89.1
Tracks from "Sexarkana!" are being featured on Barry Sheffield's "Let There Be Country" program on WFDU-FM!
Tune in Thursdays from 9am-1pm EST for Barry's great show! Travis clairvoyant? Way back in Sept 2008, Travis presciently sang the words:
"...when the barracuda wins I'm free again and I'm doing someone new in December"
in the Youtube favorite "Bristol's Baby Daddy", his homage to Travis protege
and Alaskan cocksman, young Levi Johnston. Well, it appears that Levi wanted to
prove Trav wrong so he stuck it out til March! But in the grand scheme of history
three months is a mere nanosecond. Decision? Whitelaw! "Sexarkana!" now streaming on iLike.com
Listen to entire songs and download "Bristol's Baby Daddy (The Ballad of Levi's Johnson)" FREE Guitar Player magazine Feb. 2009 issue gives "Sexarkana!" rave review
If you can imagine a roguish, Tele-totin' singing cowboy who's as influenced by the
rebel country of Steve Earle (think "The Week of Living Dangerously") as he is by the
T&A-centric humor of the Porky's trilogy, you've got Travis Whitelaw. While his
greasy guitar tones and silky pedal steel textures are tasteful and twangy enough to
be exports of Music Row, Whitelaw's unabashedly un-P.C. lyrics (though witty in
places) most definitely are not. Gleefully trying to blow the roof off an NC-17
rating, this funny ten-song redneck comedy collection would probably be vulgar enough
to get Whitelaw run out of Nashville, were he actually based there. But before you
write Sexarkana off as pure novelty, remember that whether it's unrestrained ribaldry
or something else that's waiting to bubble up from your subconscious, sometimes the
healthiest thing you can do is grab a couple of guitars, head into the studio, and
[let] the bucking bull that is your id can finally burst out of its cage. Skull Bros. - Jude Gold
Order the new CD, "Sexarkana!" now for the very special price of $9.99 for one, or $14.99 for two, including shipping!! Or download now and get 11 songs for the price of 8 including the sensational "Bristol's Baby Daddy (The Ballad of Levi's Johnson)"!