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Travis Dow Biography

Boston born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Travis graduated from Humboldt State University in 1994 in Theatre Arts. While at HSU he wrote his early songs, and fronted his first band, The River named for the tributaries that join the Pacific at the Redwoods. He fell in love with everything: the sea, the forest even the fog, and mostly an art student Lori Hutchins, whom he married at Fieldbrook Winery.

Travis went on to achieve a recording contract with Jerecho/Sire records for his S.F.-based Cal Hollow band, recorded three albums with The Katie Todd Band in Chicago and multiple solo albums. In Portland he co-created the award winning Concrete Cowboys, penning original songs for two albums. Travis wrote and co-wrote and recorded nearly 400 songs. He loved the art of collaboration, and one of his most creative works is the musical theater piece Fate of Dreams which he co-authored with Will Foreman ( Travis once wrote,

A unique connection happens when artists create music together, moving things from the normal to the sublime.

In 2011, Travis, fulfilled his lifelong goal - he took his "suitcase full of songs" * to Nashville. At the height of his career, cancer took his life on his 41st birthday. He envisioned someday returning to live in Humboldt County. Travis believed in sharing the creative quest and that everyone should be given a chance. The scholarship which bears his name does just that - for artists. Travis McKinley Dow Memorial Scholarship.

We hope to produce the musical theater piece Fate of Dreams at HSU in the near future. For more about Travis and his music please visit: and

For more information please contact Madeline Dow;

*Travis Dow, Suitcase Full of Songs,

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