TRAVELLER WESTERN MOVIES

Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, and Jonny Fritz are three of Nashville’s most beloved songwriters, so the announcement that their supergroup Traveller – a project they teased in 2015 – had a full-length album on the way was a welcome one. Western Movies is a fitting introduction to the music these three artists make together: playful, endearing, and an eccentric homage to the influences (traditional country, folk, roots-rock) that makes each such a success in his own right. There’s a clear division of labour in the trio with Ellis anchoring the guitar playing and arrangements, Chisel providing fine melodies and a weariness to his singing that the others don’t possess. Fritz is their tastemaker with his sense of humour and wicked turn of phrase. The result is a balanced collation of their individual styles with a bounce and playful swagger to the loose-limbed country and rock n roll. ‘Hummingbird’ muses on Thelma and Louise if they hadn’t driven off the cliff, ‘Chia Pet Goatee’ is about just that, the title track reminisces about the romance and adventure of western movies and ‘Lonely All My Life’ leaps from the speakers with effervescent guitar hooks. A varied, infectious and sharp-witted album, brimming with clever songwriting and devoid of overindulgence.