ERIC “TRAVIS” WILSON
Country Music, watch out! Kenny Rodgers meets Lady Gaga in this fast-paced comedy musical romp, with Eric “Travis” Wilson playing everything from guitar and banjo to drums and piano…and even a Starbucks cup! It’s tall tales, hilarious surprises, and amazing music in the Cowboy Mashup show!
Eric “Travis” Wilson has been playing music for money since age 14 and has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines. His early-80s band Mondo Vita sported the requisite multicolored hair and skinny clothing of the day, and appeared on every network TV station Seattle had to offer. They also used floor lamps and laundry hampers as guitar speakers. This made them both a local nightclub favorite and a source of bewilderment among the Aqua Net crowd.
In the 90s Travis formed the world’s only Country-Metal-Rap band, Travis Shredd and the Good Ol’ Homeboys. He released 3 CDs – Headbanger’s Squaredance, 668: The Neighbor Of The Beast, and Nashville Drive-By. Travis gained national radio airplay and hot rotation on Seattle’s #1 Country station, #1 Rock station, #1 R&B station, and #1 college radio station simultaneously. During this period he was also a featured musician and singer on several of Bob Rivers’ “Twisted Tunes” recordings.
Travis moved to Las Vegas in early 2003. For his first year in Vegas, he performed his solo show every Friday and Saturday night at the Red Rooster, one of the world’s most notorious swingers’ clubs. He wrote and recorded the music for “Love Tapes” at the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles. He took a major sidetrack and became an in-demand Las Vegas sound engineer, working for Penn & Teller, Wayne Newton, Liza Minelli, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beach Boys, The Go Go’s, Jim Belushi, Rodney Carrington, Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical, and Fantasy. He was also the sound editor on the feature film, “The Aristocrats.” His other audio clients include HBO, ESPN2, CBS, BBC, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Since moving to Las Vegas, Travis has also played jazz drums at the Monte Carlo and at the Double Down Saloon. He played guitar in Andrea Boccelli’s band at the Latin Grammy Awards. He has performed at Mandalay Bay, Flamingo, and the Golden Nugget. He was a regular cast member in the Las Vegas production of Naked Boys Singing at the Onyx Theater. And he has been known to appear as a Burlesque performer when the mood strikes, in the show “Live Burlesque In Las Vegas.”
In late 2011 Travis created The Cowboy Mashup Music Show and opened it at the Alexis Park Resort Hotel. Drawing on Country, Rock, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Latin music, he presents a tornado of musical styles, served up in a rhinestone suit and cowboy hat. He plays guitar, drums, piano, and banjo, plus a Starbucks cup. As Travis’ longtime pal Weird Al Yankovic states every night in The Cowboy Mashup Music Show’s opening video: “You guys actually wasted your money on Eric “Travis” Wilson? Um…okay.”
But we’re pretty sure he’s kidding, good-naturedly. Pretty sure.
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