Travis Book is best known for his role as singer and bass player for in the Grammy-nominated bluegrass outfit the Infamous Stringdusters.
He’s also a hell of a solo artist and loves to shred some singeltrack when he can find time between nationwide touring gigs with the aforementioned Dusters.
For the second year in a row, Book is combining his passion for solo performance with his love for mountain biking by hosting a 6-show tour at breweries scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and Virginia.
“I got inspired to put Bluegrass, Bikes & Beers together because I love music, and riding bikes and drinking beer,” Book said in a recent interview with our sister publication Elevation Outdoors Magazine.
For Book it’s not just about enjoying local trails, sampling area brews, and putting on a killer bluegrass show. He’s also using the Bluegrass, Bikes & Beers tour as a way to raise funds for trail maintenance and local trail building efforts.
“We do a group ride during the day and then we play bluegrass and serve beer at a free event that night to help raise money for local bike clubs,” he said.
If you live in the Blue Ridge region, chances are Book will be coming to a brewery near year in the next couple of months. Check out venues and dates below:
April 22, Harrisonburg, VA
Pale Fire Brewing
Benefiting Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC)
4pm: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Pale Fire
7pm: Music from Travis Book and The Hot Seats
April 23, Roseland, VA
Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub and Meadows
Benefiting the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Coalition (CAMBC)
10am: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Sherando Lake (parking lot at gate)
12pm: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Devils Backbone
2pm: Music from Travis Book and The Hot Seats
6pm: Group Mountain Bike ride leaves from Devils Backbone
April 24, Roanoke, VA
Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers
Benefiting the Roanoke Area chapter of IMBA (RIMBA)
2pm: Group Mountain Bike ride on Mill Mountain Trails leaves from SRCB
4pm: Music from Travis Book and The Hot Seats
May 13, Brevard, NC
Oskar Blues WNC
Benefiting The Pisgah Conservancy
3pm: Group Mountain Bike ride OR trail run in Pisgah National Forest
(leaving from Oskar Blues Brewery)
5:30: Music from Travis Book and The Fireside Collective
May 15, Shelby, NC
Newgrass Brewing Company
Benefiting the Cleveland County/City of Shelby Rail-to-Trail project
2pm: Urban Group Ride leaves from Newgrass Brewing
5pm: Music From Travis Book and The Mark Schimick and Josh Daniel Project
June 4, Black Mountain, NC
Pisgah Brewing Company
Benefiting Pisgah SORBA
1pm: Group Mountain Bike Ride from Pisgah Brewing
4pm: Happy Hour Music with Travis Book and guests
7pm: Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Grateful Grass