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Smoke & Tangerines

by Travis Rocco

Travis Rocco is one of the most unique singer / songwriters to come out of NY in many years. On his debut "Smoke & Tangerines" he delivers an incredible collection songs that are filled with depth and passion.
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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1. Fantasy
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2. Closer
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3. Will You Be Mine
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4. Night Last Forever
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5. Smoke & Tangerines
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6. Deeper
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7. Where We Belong
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8. Last Goodbye
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9. Never Been So Clear
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10. Your Song
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Travis Rocco's highly anticipated album "Smoke & Tangerines" is set to release August 7th. The album, recorded over a 2 year period, is a pop/rock album that Rocco describes as "the next step in my music career, and hopefully it's a big one." Over the last 6 years, Travis has toured 24 states, from New York to Texas, Florida to Louisiana, performing at over 130 colleges, countless festivals, and clubs. His unique voice has attracted a loyal following, picking up new fans in every city along the way.

Travis' foray into playing music for crowds began on a very different stage, namely the basketball court. His teenage years spent not singing and strumming a guitar but perfecting his crossover dribble. "I didn't have the height of your typical basketball player, especially during my early high school years," said Rocco. "People thought I was insane telling them as a 5'4" ninth grader that I wanted to excel and play college basketball. I had a lot of detractors telling me to play a different sport because I was never going to be any good. That just fueled my drive," he added. Rocco became what he calls, "the walking definition of a 'gym rat,' and explained, "I'd ride my bike to the courts at 6 am and dribble the ball along the way. I'd shovel the snow off the driveway and shoot hoops until I couldn't feel my fingers." Rocco's dedication landed him on All Star teams and garnered him many individual accolades in high school, and he went on to play college basketball at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, NY. There, Rocco not only hit a 5 inch growth spurt, but also helped lead the Saints Basketball team to 3 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, the best record in school history at 24-2, and the best winning percentage over a four year period 80-25 (76%).

It would also be the place that would lead him to discover his musical passion and talents. Outside of basketball, music was a big part of Rocco's life. "Most people at school knew me as the kid wearing headphones, dribbling the basketball around campus. Music was always very important to me, I just wasn't vocal about it," said Rocco. That would all change the last semester of his freshman year. He found a friend in his dorm with an acoustic guitar that he rarely used and let Rocco borrow it for the semester. "He showed me a few chords and I was enamored. I love the sound of an acoustic guitar from an instrument standpoint, but I was even more excited to use it as a singing and a songwriting tool," said Rocco. However, Travis' introduction to the guitar was brief. Rocco explained, "My friend ended up transferring schools the very next semester, and that loaner guitar went with him. I had played it just enough where I knew a few songs that I could sing along with and that was monumental to me." So how does Rocco's admiration for basketball compare to his love for music? "I had played in basketball games where I had scored 30 points, or tallied a triple double, but that high couldn't measure up to the feeling that I got from simply being in a room, singing and playing my guitar," said Rocco.

Another school year passed before Rocco decided borrowing guitars just wasn't an option anymore. "Summer vacation was approaching and I just had to have my own guitar. The problem was I had spent every dollar I had saved for that year. I wrestled with the problem and saw only one option," said Rocco. A smile flashed across his face as he described his solution. "My father had given me an 'Emergency Use Only’ credit card that I had stashed away. It seemed like a good idea at the time," Rocco added. With his father's credit card in hand, Travis headed down to the local music store and found the perfect guitar. Rocco explained that his initial scheme hinged on his father not seeing the credit card bill until he could return home, start his summer job, and pay the debt off. "He called me three days after the purchase wondering where and when I lost the credit card because 'some idiot bought a guitar!' said Rocco. It took Travis a few minutes of talking to convince his father that he, and not some thief, had actually purchased the guitar. "I think at first he believed it would end up under a bed somewhere, or in the corner never to be used," Rocco added. Travis spent the next two years learning the guitar, playing open mic nights and writing songs. Not long after graduating Rocco recalls the night he told his parents of his intentions to embark on a music career. "I've just graduated from an expensive private school and here I am telling my parents I want to pursue a career in music, with zero musical background, and without ever having taken a single voice or guitar lesson," said Rocco. "It's absolutely insane and altogether magical. The best part is my parents were as supportive then as they are today," added Rocco.

What followed were years of Rocco honing his craft, winning over new fans while traveling the country performing, hardships (having $9,000 of new equipment stolen in New York City and undergoing 6 sinus related surgeries that Rocco describes as "stories for another day."), and also many successes leading up to the release of "Smoke & Tangerines." "I truly believed from the beginning that with time, hard work, and patience, I would take a big leap forward," said Rocco. "I've put everything I have into my career and into this album, both financially and creatively," Rocco added. "At this point I feel strongly that if you put an excellent backing band behind me, I'm confident in my abilities to perform at a level comparable to the major headliners today," said Rocco. "I'm going to continue this pursuit with fervor and complete dedication," he added. As the interview ended, a sly, somewhat guilty smile adorned Rocco's face and he said, "Come to think of it, I never did pay my Dad back for that guitar."



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Lelica Palecco

Great CD!
Beautiful songs by an extremely talented young man ;) You're going to go very far! Good Luck and Congrats on a great CD!