Travers Chandler was born in Richmond, VA and grew up with a musical mother and father, which obviously affected his musical outlook. His dad played guitar and sang, while his mom was a singer in the Honky Tonks around Philadelphia in the 60's and 70's He started his musical journey as a child, becoming a student of the traditional music that his mother and father loved so much. His influences were men of little fortune but much musical soul: Charlie Moore, Red Allen, Buzz Busby, Frank Wakefield, Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, The Bowes Brothers Walter Hensley & Dee Gunter, Benny Jarrell, Bobby Atkins, and many others too numerous too mention, though if you meet Travers in person he's always happy to elaborate.
Travers was for a good while a respected touring sideman, working for such bands as The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show, The James King Band, The Bluegrass Brothers, Gary Brewer and The Kentucky Ramblers,The Gillis Brothers, Lynwood Lunsford and The Misty Valley Boys, and has filled in with countless groups including The Steep Canyon Rangers, and had spent three years with Rounder recording artists Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, culminating in a 2009 IBMA award for Song of The Year.
Travers sings all parts with the band and is best known for being one of the few young mandolinists in bluegrass who plays in the traditional style. Danny Paisley has deemed him the "king of tremolo" while James King called him "one of the best traditional musicians in bluegrass." Bluegrass Unlimited compared him to no less than the great Dudley Connell. His music at time often fuses the old honky tonk country of his country music heroes such as George Jones, Wayne Kemp, Vernon Oxford and Mel Street. Travers has also taken top honors in Mandolin at the Mt Airy Fiddler's Convention, Allegheny Fiddlers Convention in Sparta NC, and the biggest of all The Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax Virginia.
Travers has made it his life's work to preserve the legacies of his heroes while simultaneously creating new sounds and new music. His old school approach includes not having a setlist, and constantly adapting the show to the interest of the audience. His genial, often witty and sarcastic stage patter and MC work entertains the crowd while moving the show along at a fast pace. His mandolin chop is full of authority, while his passages and solos are moody and at times frantic but always tasteful and true to the melody. Currently he is working on his fourth album while writing a biography on his hero the late Charlie Moore
Travers now resides in Taylorsville NC at the foot of the Brushy Mountains