Travis Ehrenstrom was lucky enough to grow up a traditional, small-town American kid in rural Central Oregon. As he reached middle school, music replaced sports as his dreams took on a new tone. An older brother began passing along his roots-rock interest in artists like Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. Travis coupled these acts with his long-time love of songwriters Paul Simon and Jackson Browne and began to create his own sound. From there, Travis wasted no time in developing himself as an artist.
Travis taught himself to play the guitar at age 14, and began writing songs a couple years later. While still in high school, Travis started his first band, National Theater Project, and began to gig around town. Travis’s music was well-received by the creative and encouraging environment into which he was born. Upon graduating from high school, Travis rounded up some talented friends and headed to Santa Cruz’s Ridgetop Sound Studios to record his first album, Somewhere in Between, produced by Brent Alan.
That year, Travis added to his musical resume by being part of the opening act for the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. He also performed at Connor Byrne and Q Cafe in Seattle, Washington, the Santa Monica Pier Folk Festival in California, and at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.
A short stint at Portland State University only solidified Travis’s desire as he dropped out to pursue music as a full-time career. Travis toured nationally as a solo artist before joining Noah Gundersen and the Courage. The Courage toured nationally as well, opening for such acts as Josh Ritter and Kimya Dawson. 2011 saw The Courage break up and Travis move back to Central Oregon.
Two years later, in 2013, Travis successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign for his album, Remain A Mystery. The self-produced album took nine months to record under the watchful eye of co-producer, Keith Banning. As a result of their perfectionism, the album was selected as a top 10 album of the year by the Bend Bulletin.
“(Remain A Mystery is) an engaging listen, an eclectic, 21st century take on folk-pop-rock-whatever. Fans of Wilco, Ryan Adams and My Morning Jacket’s mellower moments should take notice.” - Ben Salomon, the Bend Bulletin!
“Ehrenstrom’s sweet-tenored songs seem like a cozy warm blanket, a comforting reminder about what is fundamentally important.” - Phil Busse, the Source Weekly