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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bud & Travis Santa Monica Concert
recorded March 24, 1960



For all Travis Edmonson and B&T admirers who never caught a live performance, listening to the recording of their exhilarating concert on March 24, 1960 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is the surrogate experience of attending one of their shows.  

The vibrancy of Santa Monica was so remarkable that, after five decades of listening to the album and retaining it as part of one's consciousness, most fans have the sense that at some point, they must have actually seen the duo in person.

Virtual reality, decades ahead of its time!

But what was it like to have actually been in the hall that night as one of the 3,000-strong audience?

Here are some recollections from individuals who were there, John Thomas, Anne Vance, Dallas Williams and "LL"

on stage at Santa Monica Civic as photographed by good friend Robert O'Neill

John Thomas, producer of B&t's Folk Era CDs (as well as the B&T Latin Album and Santa Monica Concert itself) was a student at UC Santa Barbara at the time, and an invited guest at the concert.  In the liner notes from that album he vividly sets the scene that night at the Santa Monica Civic.

“It was already filling with fans, and the electricity was palpable. This was a special event, a packed house of 3,000 strong, for a special show! We all knew it would be a night to remember even before the house lights dimmed and the introduction was made. When Bud and Travis launched into "Myra," the entire audience became one with the performers. I was in the 5th row center stage, and it was truly awesome!

I've never experienced anything like it before or since.  I'd seen and heard Bud and Travis play in person before, but never like this. The magic of their music, now enhanced by Alberto Calderon on percussion and Charles Gonzales on the guitarron, was evident from the first few notes. Every song took me to a place I'd never been before, and a place I wanted to return to time and again. The lights were alternately strong and delicate, spotlighting each solo in the most amazing manner. The sound was "right there"-they filled the room. When I left, I felt ten feet taller than when I came in!

We all became one that night: the performers, the audience, the sound engineer, the lighting technician, all part of an experience that brought us to a new understanding of music-its impact, its power, and its meaning as a shared  experience that can truly elevate the human spirit and provide a new dimension to the meaning of life. Truly, it was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Just how exciting it was to be there is put in no uncertain terms by Les Blank ….

“The Santa Monica concert was one of the greatest evenings of my life - right up there with my honeymoon, the birth of my three sons and my miracle recovery several years ago. I remember that night like it was yesterday.

There was no doubt in my mind that I was watching and listening to history unfold.

From what I remember, the Civic Auditorium was a super venue - it had a balcony that was packed and I didn't count  the audience but I suspect there were at least 2500+ there that night. The main floor (we were in BB, row 11) was , on the whole, a bit older than my fiance and I - most of the youngsters were in the back and the upper tier. The people around me were not as nearly enthused by the between song patter as we were. The intro to "Sloop John B" was mostly lost on the first 20 or 30 rows all across the front. That night was the only time I saw them do "John B" in their show (and I saw them four times from 1959 thru 1965).

I don't believe I ever attended a concert the size of the Santa Monica gig, where the evening was so dominated by two performers.  Bud and Travis dominated wherever they did their thing.”

Anne Vance has the distinction of having actually had one of the songs on the program that night dedicated to her! (It was “The Breeze and I” which did not appear on either of the albums.)  Anne's husband, Norm, has been a close friend of Travis Edmonson since college days in Arizona, but for the Vances too, the evening was no ordinary one.

“I remember that evening well, and  wish I could do justice to the atmosphere in the auditorium at Santa Monica that night. It was electric!

There was a full house - it's a large room - and it was full! They had everyone there in the palms of their hands, especially me.

Norm and I went with our friend, Lillian, and like everyone else there we were enthralled! Bud and Travis never sounded better! And I was thrilled when Travis dedicated a song to me. I guess he liked the Mexican food I made for dinner a few nights before when he visited us at our house.

I loved the interaction of the two of them on stage - the clever "patter" that they were famous for. They were so good together. Their personalities were so very different, but I think that's what made them click so well on stage."

While most concert-goers joyously trooped into the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium that night, one was in a very dejected state of mind.

So many of us have felt the transforming power of Travis Edmonson's and Bud Dashiell's music, how in countless cases, it has even changed the paths of our lives.  For LL, the vibrant evening of March 24, 1960 did just that.

“At the time of the Bud & Travis concert at the Santa Monica Civic I was trying to recover from a particularly bitter divorce.

Some dear friends, saying I needed relaxation, invited me to go to the concert with them.

Two of the songs the boys did that night touched me so deeply that I never forgot them.  "Malaguena Salerosa" inspired me to learn the Spanish language, and "Carmen Carmella" convinced me that indeed, there was life left to live.

My treasured recordings have long been gone, but the CDs remind me of the pivotal experience.”

Dallas Williams, who was lucky enough to see Bud & Travis perform as soloists as well as a duo, finds a stream of memories rise when he remembers seeing B&T at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium …..

“Memory is fickle. If I listen to recordings of the event, I could fool myself into thinking I remember what I do not.

For some reason, I remember the parking lot at the Santa Monica, and  the girl. The parking lot is gone now. LA is like that. The girl is sort of gone. In Fresno, I think. A grandmother …. The sea air. And happy to be there.

Later, trying to sing "Les Fraises et Les Frambroise" without the slightest idea what it meant, on a Goya guitar with my friend Brian. And I learned at the concert how to wist my fingers between the E and A strings to make the drum sound on "Two Brothers". `One wore blue and one wore grey.' Thrump. Thrump. I think I wept to be there. Not openly. Malagueña Salerosa  is probably my favorite song.

Bud & Travis also made me laugh as I wept. Happy to be there.

I don't know if David "Buck" Wheat was playing bass with them that night. But I knew Buckwheat later, in Marin and LA. He built a marimba-like drum set from carpet tubes mounted on a structure that looked like the Golden Gate Bridge. You had to stand on a table to play it. It's still around LA somewhere.

 I was in the little town of Arcata, California some years back. And the kiddie that ran the music store there had a grand collection of Bud and Travis, and he filled a 90 minute tape for me. That sustained me until I discovered you folks in this brave new world.

I learned a lot from those guys. And they led me astray. I always  want to thank the ones who did. Had I graduated with my degree in Drama, I would probably be teaching young women in Bennington how to do Shakespeare. Hmm. Something to be said for that. As it is, I'm still singing in bars. And content.”

Les Schwartz, who still resides in Los Angeles, has fond memories of being at the landmark concert.

“I happened to have been at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for the B and T concert March 24, 1960.  I was 18.... Great memories of a great year with the election of John Kennedy.  I was a senior at Beverly Hills High School then, and a friend of mine gave me a free ticket if I would drive my "hot rod Chevy"  to the concert.   Needless to say, I was sold.
About a half year later I saw them again at a concert on campus at Santa Monica City College.  I assume that was around Oct. 1960 as it coincided with the Kennedy/Nixon presidential election coming up later that month.”

More Comments about the albums

“Among the many reasons I love the "Bud & Travis In Concert" album is the fact that they never go for the lowest common denominator.  Bud and Travis were smart men, and they had confidence that their audience was capable of following them wherever they decided to go...musically or comedically.  True, fifty years later, some of the references may seem a bit obscure (Leopold and Loeb, Vic Tanny "I'm a Slenderella reject", Kooky, lend me your comb...), but I have yet to hear a contemporary performer, either solo or group, willing to take the kind of chances taken by B & T that March evening in 1960 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Travis has said that he and Bud never thought of themselves as folksingers, and this album confirms that.  The variety of musical styles to be found among the sixteen songs here (you should also get "Volume 2" if you haven't already, to get the complete picture) is almost dizzying in its scope.  And the intricate blending of their voices, which separately are quite different in tone, is the work of expert craftsmen whose genius lay in their ability to make the craft invisible.  Their performance seems so easy and casual and the fact that this was accomplished outside of the controlled environment of a recording studio makes it all the more impressive.  In 2010, with so many artists (and I use the phrase lightly) relying on digital pitch control and other technological tricks to "sweeten" their recordings both live and in the studio, it's refreshing to hear performers who didn't need any of that.

If you've only heard the mono record, do yourself a favor and get the remastered stereo version.  When you hear the album  with the clearly defined space between their voices and guitars, you'll be even more amazed at how Bud and Travis were truly locked in to each other.  The perfect phrasing and harmonies of "Cloudy Summer Afternoon" (which for some reason they sang without harmonies on the original studio version from the "Spotlight On Bud & Travis" lp) really jump out of the speakers on the stereo version, making you feel as if you had a front row seat that night.  And I always crack up at the brilliantly funny intro. to "Sloop John B" (or "Sleep John Boo") where they talk over each other while voicing their preferences for authenticity or improvisation...Travis: "Don't talk while I'm interrupting."

Of course, the album has its serious moments.  Bud's solo rendition of "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" has to be one of the most moving performances I have ever heard anywhere.  From the opening guitar riff, punctuated by a dissonant chord, you know that you're about to hear something unique.  The emotion in Bud's voice is as real and heartbreaking as Travis' in his solo, "Guess I'll Go Home."

I own all of the B & T albums (thanks to this great website) as well as most of their solo recordings.  And I enjoy all of them.  But for me, Bud and Travis are best experienced in live performance.  Thankfully, we have this wonderful album, as well as "Volume 2" and "In Person at The Cellar Door" to help satisfy our thirst for live B & T, in their absence.  Their introductions are priceless; Bud - introducing "La Vaquilla Colorada": "It's a Mexican cowboy song; it's about this Mexican cowboy who had these cows there in Mexico, boy."...Travis - introducing "They Call The Wind Maria": "This is a favorite of yours and, we hope, a favorite of ours..."

"Bud & Travis In Concert" was recorded three months before I was born.  Listening to it a half-century later, I realize that it does what all great live albums should lives!  Happy Anniversary up there, guys!”

-- Harris Goodman, New Jersey

“I wasn't quite 17 years of age when Bud & Travis performed their legendary concert in Santa Monica 50 years ago, but the impact of that special moment has not diminished with the years.

Regretfully, I wasn't at the concert, but by listening to the album intently, I am magically transformed back in time and space to a front row seat at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on March 24, 1960. I even listen intently to the personal exchanges between them, to try to ascertain what is being said during the audience's applause.

Of the songs performed that night, I would say that Bonsoir Dame is the most difficult for me to replicate; the arrangements are so simple yet complex at the same time!

Recently, I had the pleasure to meet Tommy Smothers, and when I mentioned "Bud & Travis," he said, "oh yeah, I was just listening to Bonsoir Dame the other day!" He remembers them from his early days in San Francisco.

Anyway, Viva Bud & Travis!

-- Art Yow, California

P.S.. Mike Mirabella (where ever you are), please contact me via Chantal. I took a couple of Bud & Travis lessons from you back in the 60's!”

“The Bud & Travis in Concert album is still my favorite, (and still broken), but the cd is still in my now running car and we are on the road again. All of it brings back so many memories, the times we lived in, and the values we shared. I'm getting greyer day by day, but when I listen and remember them on stage, I'm a teenage groupie again, before the term groupie was "in" matter how long ago or how far away, they have been, and always will be, simply THE BEST. Travis on His Own was One of a Kind .... and his solos still take me to a place where my spirit is free.”

-- Marti McKown, Arkansas

"I was too young, not even in high school yet, and in the wrong place (the East) at the time this remarkable evening of music by Bud & Travis, at the height of their powers, was recorded, but this has to be folk music heaven at its best.

“”I missed the March 24, 1960 concert. I made it to their return visit to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium a year or so later.  It was essentially the same concert except that Travis rushed out to the edge of the stage first and shouted to the audience "We remember you!" to the welcoming round of cheers and applause. The play list was the same except for the addition of "The Ballad of the Alamo" where Travis declared that his Great (great) Grandfather was Col. William Barrett Travis -- the defender of the Alamo.  He repeated that claim in August of 2006 in a small group conversation at the Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I bought the double album as soon as it came out.  I still have it along with the volume two that came later.  I also have the CD of the same that was released a few years ago, thanks to Zach Kaplan who produced it.  I've repeated some of the humor from that concert throughout my life. Of special note is that Travis told me that Tommy Smothers had roomed with him in San Francisco sometime before they all became well known. Travis said that the Smothers Brothers based their entire act on B & T's "Sloop John B" deliberately
botched version from the Santa Monica Civic Concert.  

The double album placed high in the ratings around Los Angeles for months
after it's release. I later caught their act live at Cal State Northridge (back then it was San Fernando Valley State College) and two (I think) free lunchtime concerts at Los Angeles Valley (Junior) College.”

-- Jim Kinkead, Arizona

!I can hardly believe that it's been 50 years since Bud  & Travis gave us their wonderful In Concert albums. Although I am a huge fan of ALL the Bud and Travis music, I feel their "Live" CD's (B&T In Concert and B&T In Concert Vol 2, as well as their "In Person" CD) really bring out the "magic" they fused into all their music, combining their huge musical talents, their obvious love of the songs they gifted us with and then the "patter" in between those songs, that brought us chuckles and smiles, inviting us, if for the  moment, into their inner circle.

As I travel, at this point in my life, my iPod (with the complete collection of B&T and Travis music) is never far away, for me to reconnect with some of the very best music I have ever listened to. When I "discovered" B&T I was a young 16, but even now their music still brings back the youthful magic to me, of 50 years. ago. They are the BEST!”

-- Barry Rothrock, Rodos, Greece

 “Bud and Travis' concerts were very popular with my set back in those days in Southern California. I attended one but for the life of me I cannot remember where it was. Not at Santa Monica Civic. My former brother in law and another guy owned a coffee house in Arcadia for several years and it seems to me that Bud and Travis visited there as guests.  The brother in law and his singing partner loved doing Bud and Travis songs, Mariah, Raspberries, Strawberries; Sloop John B, etc., etc.

In the past couple of years, I was reminded of Bud and Travis by Michael Ronstadt of the Santa Cruz River Band. They came to our small town in rural Minnesota for a community concert, We talked with Michael and Bud and Travis came up.  It was fun to reminisce with him. I now can enjoy listening to Bud and Travis on my iPod as I do my daily senior citizen workout.

They were a great act. They really drew in the audience with their snappy between  song dialogue. Great guys who will not be forgotten.”

-- Harry Johnson, Minnesota
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“I'm not sure when I first heard the Santa Monica recordings --  it was surely within a year or so of the event -- but even at that young, Kingston-Trio-saturated point of my life, it was immediately apparent to me that  this concert had to be one of the finest folk recordings made.  The  vocal and instrumental artistry, about as perfect as live performances can  be; the humor, which was dry without being snobby, offbeat without being  goofy; the depth and variety of the material, broader than any other folk  group's; and the warmth of the audience's response, all combined to make  it so.

Lots of water has flowed under Life's bridge since then, yet  that concert and its recordings endure as a lodestar, a high-water mark of what  American folk performance could be.  I'm glad to see that, thru the efforts  of those here, its brilliance still shimmers.”
-- Gary W. Allen, Virginia

After attending a Bud and Travis concert at the University of Maine in 1962, I couldn't wait to buy their concert album.  I was so excited that the album was in essence the concert I had attended. I could relive all the highlights, including the "Let's all room together next semester" comment by Travis which brought the house down.  For me, the concert was so inspiring that I promised myself that someday I would learn Spanish so I could sing the songs I had heard that night.  I had rescued my father's old guitar, a Montgomery Ward ¾ size with a Hawaiian design, from my grandmother's attic.  This was the guitar I used to practice the "Travis strum" I had seen at the concert, and could now relive with the album.  

Long story short, I attended the University of Colorado beginning in 1967.  I began to take Spanish and soon was able to begin to learn some of the songs on the In Concert album I had brought with me.  In 1969 I saw a small article in the newspaper, "Folksinger Travis Edmonson Returns." Here was a chance to see the man who had inspired me some years before in Maine. He was solo this time, but gave an awe inspiring concert for the audience of about 30 people. I recognized each and every song he did from the In Concert album.

I taught high school for 5 years and then have been teaching Spanish at the university level for the past 30 years.  When music was brought in, I always included songs from the In Concert album which were enjoyed by all.

I was indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and talk with Travis twice in Arizona.  I told him how he had inspired my career and motivated me to learn Spanish.

I continue to translate plays, novels and poetry,  all of which would probably never have happened had I not seen Travis' stellar performance that night in Maine almost 50 years ago.

The In Concert album is a treasure.  I still listen to the tracks for the wonderful music and the humor.  I will even admit to stealing a line from the album when I bring in my guitar to play some Travis songs. I tell my classes that "today we're going to do something a little different. we're going to milk a reindeer."  Travis music lives on, and will always be a part of my life, inspiring others to enjoy and learn from this great talent.

-- Charles Thomas, Prof. of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

“The Bud & Travis in Concert Album is probably the best live album I ever heard, bar none.  I never had the pleasure of watching B&T perform together, but I felt like I did!  Having had the personal experience of being in a folk-comedy duo with primarily live appeal ("you had to be there!") I know only too well how hard it is to capture the live element in a recording.  If I am not mistaken, the SMCA is the first I ever heard of B&T and "Pat and Barbara" stole from it liberally! Forgive us, we were young...and imagine our thrill to meet and share the stage with Travis in Atlanta only a few years later!”

-- Barbara King, Georgia

"Bud and Travis in Concert" has been my favorite album since I got it.

I stopped recently to reflect why. The obvious reason is that there were two records--twice as much to enjoy. The perhaps less obvious is that it was my own--I no longer had to rely on friends for my fascination with their music. I was in college moving toward more academic pursuits, away from an earlier era when violin, viola, and all of the percussion instruments were a very important part of my life.

Along the way, for my extra money, I played in rock, country, and pit orchestra gigs. I didn't play the guitar, but my childhood friend with whom I spent many musical hours, Johnny Winter - who was an amazing guitarist even in his early teen years - and other friends I played in bands with, left me with more than average exposure not just to the instrument, but to the difference between talent and mere enthusiasm coupled with effort. The consensus in general was that what Travis did was impossible. But the real virtuosity was in Bud's and Travis's voices - each as a soloist and then seamlessly into harmonies that no other duo could approach.

That brings me to the core reason that Bud and Travis in Concert has remained my favorite: their Malaguena Salerosa introduced me to the serious side of Mexican folk music. Of course the In Concert album isn't the only one that has it--it's just the one I had. Over the years since then I've spent a lot of time in Mexico and have many close friends who live or grew up there. I delight in treating them to the Malaguena of their heritage, then  obtaining their consensus that it is the finest rendition ever recorded, then playing La Bamba, and finally disclosing that not only have they heard the best ever; neither artist is Mexican - although of course Travis did "grow  up" (the euphemism that means he spent his early years - not that he ever lost the excitement of childhood) in Nogales, only a river away. They leave with a "Best of Bud and Travis" CD.

Not far behind in my core reasons is their rendition of Raspberries, Strawberries. Having heard the Kingston Trio's version first, at the high point of their popularity, I was startled at the musical superiority of Bud and Travis' version--tempo variations, dynamics, and styling that, if you do not compare the two versions directly, you cannot truly feel with them the frustration that is being expressed in the lead on to their cut  on In Concert album.

They might have opened with an audience, but they closed with followers."

-- David Holland, Texas

“I stare at the list of titles from my Bud and Travis live concert album, which is in the top three of my favorite albums all time, and I realize that 50 years of my life have gone by since I first heard the album. Of course I was a mere hatchling when I first heard it. One of the virtues of listening to my cherished CD is that it transports me back in time - when I was so much younger, which is a good thing. But it also makes me wonder which of my ex-wives wound up with the actual vinyl record. Ah well, )quien sabe?, as any of the Latin tunes on the album might lament.”

-- Russell Friedman, California

“I cannot say enough great things about “Bud & Travis in Concert”!  It definitely appears to have launched the careers of several entertainers prior to their becoming famous, such as, "The Smothers Brothers."  It sure sounds like a lot of their improvisations imitate B&T in various skits in some of  their routines.

I enjoy listening to the "Santa Monica Concert" CDs frequently for the sheer enjoyment.  Other times, when I am depressed or need a quick  "pick-me-up",  I will play it to bring me back to a happier state-of-mind emotionally!”

-- Dan Farley, Nevada

“Hurray....50 years ... oh you jest ... can't be that long ... why just yesterday I was laughing at "a Trio, who was a trio ... Snap, Crackle and Pop?" This is wonderful.  Bud and Travis LIVE.”

-- Jerry Long, Virginia

"I was too young, not even in high school yet, and in the wrong place (the East) at the time this remarkable evening of music by Bud & Travis, at the height of their powers, was recorded, but this has to be folk music heaven at its best.

Even for one who wasn't there, for all those like myself who loved this group and its music, it gives chills...and then provides thrills as it did when it was originally released as separate vinyl offerings, one memorable double lp long ago entitled Bud and Travis In Concert, and a second album of more offerings from the Santa Monica concert of March, 1960 spurred by its predecessor's popularity, In Concert Volume 2. So on these two CD's are combined 6 vinyl sides' worth of music, so this is actually a pretty good deal for your money.

With the whole show now here from start to finish, and the recording(s) take on a new quality of intimacy for the sake of that authenticity. All the original between songs humor, patter and intro descriptions for the various songs (they did sing quite a variety of things indeed that night) is included here, and in separate tracks, so one can pretty (well skip)them out if one just wants to listen to the performances (music) by themselves.

This concert recording was/is indispensable for lovers of the folk boom times of the late 50's/early 60's; this is real quality, and I don't know how to convey it, even by half. Bud and Travis were special talents, less commercial in their approach, and going for more steak and less sizzle, but very polished nevertheless. Theirs was a vibrant, and well-rounded act, most of all, which didn't stoop for greater popularity at a cost to art. Here they were loved and rewarded for staying close to their muses, and the audience responds heartily at the close of the songs, in their Southern California home base.

Adding to the Best of CD which came out over 4 years ago, now we have one more Bud and Travis CD. It is great to hear their live versions, their own arrangements and visions for songs like "Delia's Gone", "Raspberries, Strawberries" (a song which they found and translated from the French), "They Call The Wind Mariah" in a full high-energy but folk treatment, "Bonsoir Dame", "Suzanne, Every Night When The Sun Goes Down", "Cloudy Summer Afternoon", a noble version sung in Spanish of the great Mexican love song "Malaguena Salerosa", a firey "La Bamba" with real Latin feel, and a hilarious, mock-disputed version of "Sloop John B." near end of the concert, in which they send up the song and themselves and just about everything else.

This CD is like a great lost love back from the grave for folk-boom fans. It is worth the price, and the effort it will take to special order it here or elsewhere, before it becomes more widely available. There are nice extensive liner notes on developing the re-issue, including commentary from one of the pair still with us, Travis Edmonson (!).

One Thomas Straw, the webmaster for the Bud & Travis site, ..., tells me that if this sells well, then Folk Era may consider re-issuing the entire wonderful catalog of Bud & Travis. That would truly be a gift from Heaven."

-- Tom Blumenthal, Pennsylvania

“I wasn't yet born when Bud and Travis took the stage that night in Santa Monica, but their albums of that show have been a part of my life.
One of my earliest memories was looking at that cover; Travis in tune with his guitar and Bud, poised and ready to go. The pacing of that show was brilliant and so was their deceptively easy mastery of their material (and their audience).
Finding that album here 5 years ago was a joy and has brought many hours of joy to my family.”
-- Chris Morales, California

“I managed to bluff my way into a Bud & Travis nightclub gig, no doubt, the only 16 year old there, so can imagine the magic of that Santa Monica night.  It was an awesome experience for me. I can still recall the ease with which Bud and Travis won over the audience, almost like being in someone's living room listening to a couple of musical uncles.  I can only hold up the legacy Travis has left behind. In a time when music in general is rudderless, Travis Edmonson's continues to set a standard for excellence that has been met far too infrequently.”

-- Bill Moore, Arizona

“In 1960, my wife Barbara and I and our five youngsters were residing in Southern California, and I happened to visit a downtown Los Angeles music shop searching for Barbershop Harmony records.  I picked up a folk singing album and lo and behold I recognized, Bud Dashiell's picture on the album cover.  Oliver H. P. "Bud" Dashiell, with his battered guitar... I could almost hear him singing!

Bud and I served together as artillery officers in the Korea War, and if we were off duty on Saturday nights, we'd gather at the Battalion Officers Mess and sing our hearts out.  We lost track of each other after that conflict.

Our eight grandchildren still enjoy playing that rather ancient 33 1/3 platter, and although a bit scratchy, the fidelity is good.  Thanks to dear friends now in Ireland, Barbara and I have several Bud and Travis compact discs, and this great music in part of our lives... Travis Edmonson with that remarkably clear tenor voice and what a duo!!  Bud and Travis are in eternity, smiling and singing and playing their guitars, and their appreciative audience thunder applause.  Sometimes we wonder about that thunder.  The angels must be applauding!!

-- Hugh Lafferty, Connecticut

I still have the two-record LP from 50 years ago and the CD I bought from Travis. Two of my most prized possessions!”

-- Larry Colyer, Florida

“It's hard to imagine the Santa Monica concert took place 50 years ago!!  It is so wonderful when music like this continues through the ages.”

Michael Chakerian and Lisa Pennington, California

“Oh, to have been in the audience that night in Santa Monica!  So it's been 50 years, but thankfully the technology was available to record (even then!) with fine quality that magnificent evening performance of Bud and Travis, and it lives on today as my favorite album of all time.  
 The combination of the best selection of songs, the harmonies, and the `patter' as they called it, full of funny lines I still use today, made that Liberty album timeless in the American psyche.  And of course, I had to have Volume 2!
 If I was younger then, I have not grown old because of Bud and Travis at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium fifty years ago!”
-- Dennis Seibel, Colorado

"If You missed B&T in person, the live albums can give you a little part of history and the fun they had .... Some of the best and fastest guitar licks ever!
Never could get the slap down. We would see them in a club, and slow records to16rpm to try to get it....”

-- Bruce Collins, California

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