Travis Elliot and Kristen Bowden

Indie Folk
Travis Elliot and Kristen Bowden

Two Charlottesville singer-songwriters bring their indie-folk story-songs to Tom Tom Founders Festival.


By his mid-thirties, singer/songwriter/guitarist Travis Elliott has been around – touring the US and Caribbean, opening for regional and national acts, and of course, spoiling the local Charlottesville, VA audience with his music and witty humor. His music has been described as pop, alternative, a little folky, rock, americana, and most of all, catchy.

His first EP in 2005 was hailed by Charlottesville’s The Hook as a “modern rock epic”, and in 2008 he earned best solo artist of the year by C’Ville Weekly. In 2010, Travis released his first full length album, Swan Dive, which spent a week in iTunes’ New & Noteworthy section.

Travis’ ability to bring in various musicians for a last minute gig gives his music a fresh angle and new sound on any given night. Lately, however, he has found righteous consistency with the thundering piano and vocals/harmony from Kristen Bowden and modest cajon percussion from Drex Weaver.

His melodies follow the natural rhythm of life, and his lyrics speak to the soul with passion. Definitely not the kind of music for yoga, but don’t expect to get it out of your head either.


Kristen Rae Bowden is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and all around performer from Boone, North Carolina. In 2008 she received two Bachelor of the Fine Arts degrees from Elon University, one in Musical Theatre, and one in Acting. Kristen’s instruments and skills include piano, keyboard, flute, ukulele, singing, acting, and tap dancing. She has a unique style of songwriting and is a gifted storyteller and lyricist. Influences include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Allison Krauss, and Stevie Nicks.

Kristen is currently based out of Charlottesville Virginia, and is available for hire as a live performer, studio musician, songwriter, and tap dancer. She is also available for lessons in any of her musical and performing arts skills.

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