While we were at a Toby Keith concert, between a set of songs, he explained that some of his most successful music he’s composed are called ‘bus songs’; offbeat songs he’d written in the back of his bus…errrr….RV. I guess if you’re going to find inspiration, it only makes sense for some to find it ‘on the road’.
Through our own travels, we’ve crossed paths with countless nomadic music professionals who write their own ‘bus songs’. These spirited and gifted travelers have taken their acts on the road and we love them!
We’ve gotten to know three acts that have recently dropped their own CDs (it’s not called ‘cutting records’ anymore) and we’re here to help extend their exposure. They all have great talent and voices that we’ve heard at convergences and campfires that leave us wanting to hear more from them.
Drivin’ and Vibin’ – Kyle & Olivia Brady
Two of our first musicians that we’ve became friends with even before realizing they were musicians are Kyle and Olivia Brady of Drivin’ and Vibin. Though we followed them on social media, we officially met briefly in January 2017 at Quartzsite, AZ during the Xscapers Convergence.
Olivia and Kyle Brady of Drivin and Vibin met 10 years ago at Big Daddys Grill in Fairhope, AL where they were both working Kyle was playing gigs and waiting tables and then left the service industry to pursue his music full time.
Over time, Kyle and Olivia fell in head-over-heel love and recently got married. They hit the road two and a half years ago in their vintage 1985 Fiber Stream camper to live a more deliberate lifestyle and explore the country. They were filled with wonder and inspiration so they started writing songs about their travels.
Kyle plays guitar and sings lead vocals and played in a duo with his brother-in-law, Karl Langley, back when they were stationary. Olivia had never sang or played an instrument before, except just playing around. But then, she found her voice on the road with great encouragement from Kyle. Last year, they recorded an album together titled “Among the Giants.”
This duo has a laid back folk/blues/Americana style and draws inspiration from artists like Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and so many others.
Life on the road has brought so many wonderful people and experiences in their lives. They love telling their story through song and are grateful for those who want to come along for the journey.
Go check out their social media channels at:
The Status Crowes – Chuck and Michelle
Fast forward a year, we met an illustrious and personable duo at this past year’s Xscapers Convergence, also in Quartzsite. We love(d) their voices. They are also magical to watch. Their friendliness and charisma made it easy for us to become good friends. We met again at the RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, Texas only a month later.
The Status Crowes is a high-energy, acoustic duo from Southern California with a repertoire of more than 1,000 songs. They have so many tunes in their playlist that they have been dubbed “The Acoustic Jukebox”.
Michelle Emme Dahlin & Chuck Crowe met at a band audition back in January of 2013. That summer, Chuck booked a long string of back-to-back solo shows, so he called in Michelle for support. The combination was magic from the start and they never looked back.
Chuck primarily plays 6 and 12 string guitar, but he can also play a little banjo, mandolin, and bouzouki. Michelle usually sticks to percussion, but she can play guitar, bass, and ukulele. Their voices blend beautifully into, well…perfect harmony.
The Status Crowes pride themselves on making every show unique. They gladly take requests from the audience. Sometimes they’re even brave enough to play a new song “on the fly”. Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, Oldies, or Current Hits: anything goes at a Status Crowes Show!
The Status Crowes live to perform and love to travel! To satisfy their burning desire to hit the road, play different venues, and expand their fan base, they bought a house-on-wheels in 2017. They now live full-time in their 2008 Tiffin Phaeton 36QSH they named “Natasha”. “Boris”, their 2009 Buick Enclave toad car, follows them everywhere.
Where can you find The Status Crowes? At rallies, wineries, pubs, fairs, festivals, resorts, and private events all over the country.
Follow their adventures on social media channels:
And finally, this lady crooner is really going places and I’m not just talking about in her RV (with her husband, Shane, of course!). We met Audrey Callahan at the Xscapers Convergence in Quartzsite, Arizona.
Audrey was born in Long Beach, CA but grew up around the world due to her parents military careers. That kind of upbringingwas the perfect primer for her now nomadic life. “The more you travel, the more you become addicted to seeing new places and trying new things,” she said, “my curiosity gets the best of me and I find myself always wanting to see what’s around that next corner so to speak. The world is such a big beautiful place. I could spend my whole life exploring it.”
Luckily, her husband was raised military as well so he shares the same sentiments. Being accustomed to the nomadic lifestyles, the RV lifestyle was a no brainer once they discovered it. They are totally obsessed with this lifestyle.
As much as travel is a part of their lives, so is music. Audrey’s dad is a phenomenal guitar player who also sings and plays multiple instruments. Due to his influence, she started singing and performing as young as age two.
As Audrey went through life, she found herself in various girl groups, cover bands and singing competitions, but never felt at home until she started to write and perform her own music.
These days, she’s a solo artist creating soul-pop type of music. She doesn’t play an instrument, but she discovered an amazing machine called a LoopStation which allows her to create songs live for audiences using just her voice. Her husband couldn’t resist the music bug, so he’s learned to play the guitar and accompanies her for spontaneous fireside jams.
Whether on the road in their 2016 Jayco Jayflight 34kds or on their own plot of land one day, she aspires to live a life based on love and compassion and share that message of positivity and growth with her audiences far and wide.
You can follow Audrey through her social media channels:
So, their stories on the road continue as does their music. The wanderlust inspires them everyday as do the people they meet and the places they go.