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Travis Linville

Travis Linville Acoustic at 1858 St. Joe’s

A gifted instrumentalist and songwriter, acclaimed musician Travis Linville will perform at 7 p.m. at the 1858 St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K, on Wednesday, January 15. Tickets are $20 per person and available at the link below.


“Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it’s supposed to be done, with depth, heart, and soul. One of my all time favorite musicians.” Hayes Carll

There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. Linville is legendary regionally as a guitarist and solo artist as well as his work in the Burtschi Brothers, and his behind-the-scenes Oklahoma influence includes producing early recordings for John Fullbright and Parker Millsap. The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent.

Independently, Linville has sold thousands of albums and played thousands of shows across his 20-plus year career, with an ever-evolving repertoire deeply rooted in songcraft, sly humor and subtlety. He’s currently at work on a new full-length album with producer JD McPherson.

In 2017, Linville released his self-produced full-length record “Up Ahead.” Rolling Stone Country wrote, “Eighties-era Randy Newman with an earnest James Taylor softness, but scuffed up just enough by a guy with plenty of miles on the road… songs that resound with uncomplicated authenticity… subtlety and storytelling with shuffling hints of jazz are what shine through.”

NPR Music chose first single “Wishes” for its Heavy Rotation feature, noting that “the relatable tune, paced by steady percussion and accented by a crying pedal steel, focuses on those ever-escaping moments as folks weave in and out of our lives.”


St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and was built by German immigrants in 1859. Now de-sanctified and managed by Galveston Historical Foundation, the gothic revival church is distinguished by its elaborately detailed coffered wooden ceiling, delicately painted wooden sanctuary, original pews and hand-carved altars. GHF preserves the building as a museum and makes it available as an event venue. Previous artists who have performed here include The Trishas, Joe Pug, Ian Moore and more.


Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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