Nashville based musician and current touring bassist with multi-platinum country artist Thomas Rhett. Performed with: Nick Jonas, Ashton Kutcher, Zara Larsson, Jordin Sparks, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldridge, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Danielle Bradbury.
I've been playing & listening to music my whole life and I consider it my second language. I call myself a multi-instrumentalist because in addition to bass (4, 5, & 6 string, fretless, upright, bass synth) I play guitar, lap steel, keyboards, and percussion. I also read music proficiently.
I've been in small indie bands playing for 10 people at clubs as well as a sideman for major label artists playing for 80,000 people in stadiums. I've been on hundreds of recordings; sometimes as a player, sometimes as a band member, sometimes as a producer. I've done major network television programs including Dick Clark's Rockin New Year's w/Ryan Seacrest in Times Square and the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Game halftime performance. I've also produced or co-produced jingles, TV synch placements, and soundtracks.
I approach every project with an ear for what is not only commercially viable, but also artistically inspiring. The listener always comes first.
I'm an avid collector of music - I've got well over 1000 CD's (I stopped counting), close to 800 vinyl records, and I'm always listening to what's new out there. My tastes are varied & wide, so feel free to throw an obscure reference my way if you hire me.
I use Logic ProX and I'm capable of creating bass lines, percussion loops, synth parts, ambient lap steel beds, guitar parts, and background vocals.
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Reviews (9)Endorse Travis Vance
TRAVIS NAILED EXACTLY WHAT I WANT! HIS COMMUNICATION IS EXCELLENT AND HAS A SPEEDING TURN AROUND RATE. TALENTED BASS PLAYER!! CANT WAIT TO WORK TOGETHER AGAIN!
Besides being one of the best bass players in Nashville or anywhere else - Travis is the very definition of a pro, from learning the music to doing the gig to hanging on the road. His musical points of reference stretch from Pantera to Coltrane to Prince to Johnny Cash, and he plays all of it with a depth that comes from years of shedding, performing and listening.
Travis is so well rounded when it comes to working together. I use & would recommend him to anyone with any interest in needing someone to play bass on their session. His prior and continued experience is invaluable and only shows with his comments and ideas towards the sessions we’ve done. Great player, better person!
Travis is the consummate professional. Incredible player and even better person. There are no styles of music that I wouldn’t consider using Travis on as a bass player, not to mention his incredible track building skills as well, in a variety of styles and genres. Hire him!
This guy! He's easily one of my favorite bass players in all of space and time. Incredibly versatile, always plays for the song, and one of the most wonderful human beings I've ever worked with. We've worked together on rock, country, Americana, jazz, and even psychedelic space surf projects. Travis can be as melodic or invisible as you want. There's nobody I would recommend before him.
Beyond being a nice guy to work with, and an amazing player (with awesome tone), Travis is very professional. He has played on a few songs of mine, and it couldn't have been easier. I reached out, he replied quickly with a quote and his projected completion time, and then he met those deadlines. No questions asked when I had a tweak, and the music turned out great! He's a high quality musician.
Travis is the most authentic shapeshifter in style and approach of any bass player I have ever worked with. Purely creative, and always puts the song first. That said, when you need someone to take the lead, he can own it as well as he supports. Amazing time, amazing to ideate with, and pure low end genius.
I've been fortunate enough to have Travis contribute both bass and lap steel to a couple of my albums, as well as share the stage with him on countless nights of noise here in Nashville. He brings precision, professionalism, and innovation to anything he's involved in. He'll make both you and your project better.
Travis is one of the best bassists in the biz. His resume proves it. He's a great guy and is dedicated to providing a top level product. Not hiring him is a mistake you don't want to make!