Meadows performing in Elkin


Gray Burchette of Elkin, left, poses for a photo with Nashville singer/songwriter Travis Meadows. Burchette, who has built guitars for several famous musicians, built a left-handed one for Meadows.

Nashville singer/songwriter Travis Meadows, right, will perform Saturday night at Elkin’s Brushy Mountain Vineyard with Whiskey Jack Untz, left.

Nashville singer/songwriter Travis Meadows holds the guitar Gray Burchette of Elkin recently built for him for the first time.

Nashville singer/songwriter Travis Meadows will perform in Elkin Saturday night at Brushy Mountain Winery.

Gray Burchette, who recently built a guitar for Meadows, said the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Brushy Mountain Winery is located at 125 W. Main St.

Burchette said Meadows’ performance is a wonderful opportunity for people in Elkin to hear a great musician in an intimate setting. Seating capacity at Brushy Mountain Winery is only 52.

Performing with Meadows Saturday will be Whiskey Jack Untz, who plays the mandolin, lap steel and electric guitars.

“Meadows is one of the best singer/songwriters in the business,” Burchette said. “He has a huge following. People drive 200 or 300 miles to see him. For somebody this good to be in Elkin, people need to be here.”

Among the country music singers who have recorded Meadows’ songs are Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen.

Burchette said Meadows has been through a lot of difficulties in his life and writes about them in his lyrics. Meadows talked about his life in a Rolling Stone article that ran Oct. 8, 2014, with the headline, “Nashville’s Most Badass Songwriter Travis Meadows Shares Tragic Life Stories.”

Meadows’ first memory, according to the article, was watching his brother drown. Raised by his grandmother, he would later be diagnosed with cancer at age 14. He beat the cancer, but lost his leg in the battle.

Burchette said Meadows also has battled addiction off and on in his life. “He’s been through everything,” Burchette said. “He was even a preacher at one time.”

According to the Rolling Stone article, Meadows moved to Nashville at age 38 to pursue a career as a songwriter.

“He’s amazing,” Burchette said. “Three of his songs are on the radio now.”

Burchette, who has built guitars for several Nashville musicians, said he became a Meadows fan after buying one of his CDs titled “Killin’ Uncle Buzzy.”

“I listened to it for probably a month and a half straight,” he said, “and it was great.”

Another popular Meadows CD is titled “Old Ghosts & Unfinished Business.”

After listening to his music, Burchette said he got to know Meadows by talking to him via the Internet. After hearing about the guitars Burchette had made for other musicians, Meadows asked him to build one for him.

Meadows is left-handed, Burchette said, “which is a little bit different from what I’m used to building.” Burchette selected rosewood for the back and sides of the small-bodied guitar and red spruce for the top. “He’s probably had it about a month or so.”

Burchette, who is the sales manager for G & B Energy in Elkin, has been building guitars since 1999.

Kathy Chaffin may be reached at 336-258-4058.

Elkin Tribune
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