The BeatsByTravis Podcast show

The BeatsByTravis Podcast

Summary: This is the official podcast of Travis Smith, musician and music marketer working in many fields of the music and hospitality business. Join Travis as he interviews friends, colleagues, and do'ers in the industry!


 #29 - The Purple Banana w/ Rod Gray | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:48

Rod Gray, owner and chef at The Purple Banana joins us to talk about their food ventures, the Purple Banana story, their work during the pandemic, and more! Rod, and Sandy (his wife and co-operator) are some of the hardest working folks I know, we chat food, marketing, and more! The Purple Banana -

 #28 - 90'S Basketball w/ Jon Dooly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:38

Jon Dooly joins me again to talk something other than music, 90's basketball! Growing up, we were huge basketball fans, not only of the game, but of the players and characters in the NBA. We talk about our favorite players at each position, as well as the run the Arkansas Razorbacks had in the 90's! Jon Dooly - BeatsByTravis Podcast

 #27 - Scheduling Social Media Posts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:38

Social Media is the new word of mouth, with hashtags, tags, keywords, and more. If you have a product, or a song, or a brand that you are looking to promote, efficient social media usage can be the contributing factor to success. In this episode, I talk about scheduling posts thru third-party software and how it can be utilized to save the time you can be creating, for creating. Be Sure to Subscribe! IG: @BeatsByTravisPodcast #BeatsByTravisPodcast

 #26 - Sailing The Sea of Venues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:29

On this episode, I talk about the types of music venues, how they compensate artists and why, and how to navigate these venues properly, giving you the most return for your efforts. If you are just starting to play different types of shows in your career, this might help you navigate the sea of venues. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast! IG: @BeatsByTravisPodcast FB: /BeatsByTravisPodcast Twitter: @BeatsByTravis

 #25 - Chris VIllines (Black Cat Studio) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:49

Chris Villines, owner and operator of Black Cat Studio in Fayetteville, AR joins me to talk about the studio and his run in NW Arkansas. Chris has played with many great bands in the area and has worked with many artists that make up our community. He joined me to talk about the studio and some specials he is running. Check out his website at IG: @BeatsByTravisPodcast Twitter: @BeatsByTravis

 #24 - Jim Goza (Musician, Personal Trainer, Actor) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:31

Jim Goza, my bandmate in The Juice and The Next Unknown, joins me to talk music, his acting history and living in LA, personal training, and climbing mountains in Peru. Him, not me. Jim is one of my best friends on the planet, happy to finally have him on the show! IG: @BeatsByTravisPodcast Twitter: @BeatsByTravis

 #23 - Zac Slusher (Podcaster) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:50

Zac Slusher, podcaster and comedian, joins me to catch up from our old comedy days, him as a comic and myself as a venue operator, as well as chatting about his trio of podcasts he is producing. Zac is one of the nicest and funniest folks I know, super pumped to have him on the program. Zac Slusher Trash Blood Podcast ( Distant Uncles (

 #22 - Jon Willett | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:41

Jon Willett is a soundman, which means he is a handful. Just kidding! There is nothing like the bond of a talent buyer and a sound engineer. My good friend Jon comes on the podcast to talk about the early punk scene of NW Arkansas in the early 90's, Rogers drums, living in New Orleans, and we talk about what makes a music venue cool.  #BeatsByTravis IG: @BeatsByTravis Twitter: @BeatsByTravis

 #21 - Modeling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:12

Ryan and Connor Brogan from the band Modeling join me to talk about their new release "Lodestone," as well as the history of the band and their influences and inspiration in writing such audibly cinematic pieces of art. Modeling ( #BeatsByTravis IG: @BeatsByTravis Twitter: @BeatsByTravis

 #20 - 10 Signs of a Good Venue | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:02

Here are 10 signs of a good venue. Trying to find a cold venue in a new market is always a gamble, this list might help narrow down your decision. I have always been a fan of venues that put things together well and do their part to promote their brand to provide a quality place for musicians to do work. This episode is on this topic. IG: @BeatsByTravis Twitter: @BeatsByTravis FB:

 #19 - Joel Robertson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:54

Joel Robertson, musician and singer-songwriter, formerly of Drawing Blanks, joins me to talk about songwriting. We dive into our mindsets and inspirations for writing new tunes and we dive into the world of hybrid drumming. Joel is working on new material and will be releasing new music soon. This podcast is on The Voice Press Network ( Brought to you by Promo code: BEATSBYTRAVIS  to save 15% on your first year subscription.

 #18 - Jon Dooly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:57

Jon Dooly returns for another round on the podcast. Never afraid to give his opinion, which I love, Jon and I talk music business and what attitude it takes to make it in the music industry and what he has been up to with the pandemic in place. Jon Dooly ( This podcast is on The Voice Press Network ( Brought to you by Promo code: BEATSBYTRAVIS  to save 15% on your first year subscription.

 #17 - How I Make My Podcasts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:17

Being the host of 3 different programs, and the host of several in the past, I have racked up some knowledge on releasing, recording, and producing podcasts. On this episode, I talk about what EXACTLY a podcast is, how I record mine, and how you can record YOURS! If you are interested in starting your own podcast but need help, we can help! The BBT podcast is produced by Emerg Entertainment, who can help you as well. Email us at to get started.

 #16 - My First Show Out of Town | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:54

The first show out of town can be exciting, nerve racking, and an adventure. On this episode, I talk about the first show I every played where we had to travel further than across town to get there. Oklahoma City, home of delicious food and Bricktown, the Bricktown Brewery to be exact. We take you to storyville on this one.

 #15 - Anthony Ball & Brad Cardwell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:16

Anthony Ball is one of the gems of NW Arkansas. He has been a great resource in the private event band sector, he has been in several great bands, and is helping provide jobs for musicians and services for others for years now, he is also one of the best drummers around. Brad Cardwell within his first three years has taken Dial Up, a 90's cover band, from a steady gig at a place where beer and wings are the star, to selling out one of the top music venues in the country on a regular basis.


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