Travis has been out
lately on the road with
Kit Brooks, from
Brooks and Dunn
Two time gold record winner
Travis Howard returns to Paso Robles...
Travis Howard hit the road in
early 2000 as a movie and country star. A Georgia-native,
Howard made his first mark as
a cast member on the first season
of USA Network's "Nashville Star" in 2003. It was on that
show he began to pen some
of the hits which kicked off the
blazing career of mega country star, Miranda Lambert. In
the fall of 2005 Travis also made
his cinematic debut in Cameron
Crowe's "Elizabethtown" starring Orlando Bloom and Kristen Dunst.
He played the
mechanic in the 70s coming of age film, "The Garage". He
had music featured in Justin Timberlake's debut film, "Alpha
Dog" and "The Virgin of Juareq, starring Minnie Driver and Esai
Travis is living between
Nashville and Los Angeles and jumping on tours lately with Kit
Brooks of BROOKS AND DUNN
fame...and touring with a song
writer group as well as a weekly songwriter show in Las Vegas.
Travis wrote a bucket full of
songs with and for Miranda Lambert including, I Can't Be
Bothered, Bring Me Down, Mama I'm
Alright, Famous in a Small
Town, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Guilty in Here, Down, Heart Like Mine
ASCAP Nashville recently celebrated the songwriting
success of member Travis Howard for co-writing Miranda
Lambert’s #1 song “Heart Like Mine.” Travis has been one
of Miranda's most trusted collaborators from the
earliest stages of her career. He splits time between
L.A. & Nashville, and on his most recent stop in Music
City, I sat down
with Travis to get a brief history of
his relationship with Miranda and the story behind the
song. -Ryan Beuschel
"Miranda and I started writing together almost immediately
when we met in 2003 on Nashville Star. We were both
drawn to each other’s interests and writing style.
Plus, we fought like hornets. Three of the songs on Kerosene and
six on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were songs we’d written
together, so we already had a pretty worked-out writing
Ashley Monroe [the song's other co-writer] and I met when I
was singing backgrounds on some demos for her in L.A.
2005. Just like Miranda, we really loved each other’s music,
but Ashley and I hadn’t actually worked together.
The Lamberts used to do a family river float every summer in
south Texas and I always went. One afternoon between
drinking and floating, those two came out of a cabin and
said, “Hey, we started this song but we can’t find a good
way through the chorus.“
“I heard Jesus he drank wine / I bet we’d get along just
fine.” That’s what they had. So my rural Georgia holy roller
background kicked in and the rest of the chorus just flowed.
Miranda says, “Great, we each wrote a verse so the last
and the bridge are on you.” Honestly, writing with her is
either easy as pie or impossible. This was just joyous.
actually teared up as I was writing the “He’ll meet me with
two long-stemmed glasses” verse.
Miranda and Ashley
are both forces of nature as writers. I
believe that they’re changing the sound of country music and
integrity at the same time. I’m lucky to
count them as my friends and even luckier to get to work
Born at the foothills of the
Appalachians. Chalybeate Springs, GA. John
Travis Howard, son of John Curtis Howard, son of John
Louis Howard, son of James Monroe Howard, son of John
Steven Howard, captain in the confederate army. He
fought valiantly for what he believed in. Hell, they all
did -- sometimes right, sometimes wrong. Each generation
added their piece to or took away from what was worth
Now it's my turn. I think Hummers are
stupid but I drive an old Pontiac that gets 10 mpg
downhill. I deride and malign people in power like I
have any fuckin clue what they do or how they do it. I
make fun of shallow Hollywood bullshit, but I look in
the mirror every single day.
Not sure how this is gonna turn out....