Travis Dewitt always knew he was meant to play the drums. Even at an early age, every song brought out the urge to tap along to the beat. So, in 5th grade when he was able to join the school band, drums were the obvious choice. Playing in concert band from elementary school through high school, he ultimately taught himself how to play a drum kit. As Travis continued to hone his craft, he and his childhood best friend Chancey were inspired to start a band and learn a few songs for their high school talent show. That performance in front of a crowd spurred what would eventually become Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. The talent show led Travis and Chancey to wedding receptions, small fairs (then big fairs), small bars (then large clubs) and eventually to a full-time career. As of today they have transformed into one of the most popular bands in the Midwest.
Travis doesn’t have a particular drummer or style that he tries to emulate, he simply wants to put on the best show possible for fans. Having been mostly self-taught, he has always tried to learn from other drummers, incorporating different elements from all genres of music. All those influences have created a driving style to complement the rocking country of Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. DeWitt says, “I have never really been taught anything other than how to count the notes on a sheet of music. Everything else I learned by listening to music and watching music videos. It allows me to not be constrained to a particular style. I can do whatever I want!” This freedom has allowed him to play many different styles and genres of music throughout the band’s long career.
Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band is rapidly growing into one of the most sought-after bands in the western U.S., playing from Chicago all the way to Los Angeles and almost everywhere in between. With Dewitt’s driving style, an energetic stage performance, and relentless touring, the band has built up a huge grass-roots fan base. They are currently working on their 4th studio album, set to release in the spring of 2017. They have sold over 40,000 units, both digital and physical albums, a number almost unheard of for an unsigned act with no record label backing. The band continues to play 150 dates each year, continuing to build up an even bigger following. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest acts in country music, including Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakum, Gary Allan, Chris LeDoux, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, among many others. Their raucous stage show can be seen all over, from concert venues to rodeos, and street dances to music festivals.
Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band