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One by One

by Travis Knapp

Uplifting acoustic folk music from the Finger Lakes region of New York State, with banjo, piano, string bass, and clear soulful vocals. Featuring string quartet and 30-person choir for some songs. Story songs and timely anthems.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One by One
6:34 $1.50
2. Alright
5:05 $1.50
3. Walk with Me
5:21 $1.50
4. Democracy
5:29 $1.50
5. Cannon Ball
4:10 $1.50
6. Remind Me
3:32 $1.50
7. Cabin Visitors
4:47 $1.50
8. In Those Days
3:41 $1.50
9. Common Ground
5:05 $1.50
10. Dark Times
4:13 $1.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
All songs written by Travis Knapp
String Quartet arrangements by Alexas Esposito
“In Those Days” is based on and inspired by the poem “Awakening” by Brian Andreas (

Mixing and Mastering by Nate Silas Richardson, REP Studio (Ithaca, NY -
Recorded by Nate Silas Richardson (REP Studio), and by Travis Knapp (Fun Acres Studio + various locations)

Illustration by Linda Wingerter (
Packaging design & layout by Pat Burke

The Musicians:

Travis Knapp - lead vocals, banjo, & piano (all tracks)
Desmond Bratton - double bass (all tracks)
Byron “Kidd” Cage - drum set (all tracks)
Elisa Sciscioli - harmony vocals (all tracks)
Angie Beeler - harmony vocals (all tracks)
Jonathan Keefner - hand percussion (1 2 4 7 8 10)
Harmony Malone - tambourine (1 2 4 7 8 10)
Nate Marshall - harmonica (4 5 6 8 10)
Max Buckholtz - violin (3 7 10)
Remanu Steele - trumpet (1 4 10)
String Quartet - (1 5 9):
Max Buckholtz (Violin I)
Avner Finberg (Violin II)
William Hurley (Viola)
Chris White (Cello)
Ithaca community chorus - (1 3 4 5 7 8 10)
Joe Soto, Alexas Esposito, Maya Soto - (5)
American Indian Movement Song singers

"Ithaca’s Travis Knapp releases new album of timely folk songs"
article by JIM CATALANO in the ITHACA JOURNAL - July 4, 2018

Ithaca singer-songwriter Travis Knapp recently completed his fourth album, and he’ll host a release show Sunday night at the Foundation of Light on Turkey Hill Road.

Titled “One By One,” the new album follows Knapp’s excellent 2016 album “All The Stars You Hold.”

“I was desperately trying to stay in the mode of the ‘slow music’ movement, and not rush to put out new material at every possible opportunity,” Knapp said in an email interview. “Then I realized that there was a timeliness to many of the new songs, and the project just couldn’t wait another year to come to fruition.

“So I decided to dive in late this past winter, then asked for and received huge support through a crowdfunding campaign. It came together quickly and with a real sense of purpose. More than just creating nice-sounding music, I felt a drive to get these songs out into the world, because they’re about unity, hope, the struggles and opportunities of this time we’re living in, and the strength we have as people when we continue to celebrate one another.”

Knapp, who plays clawhammer banjo and piano, enlisted a strong cast of musicians to round out the album, with a core band of Desmond Bratton on upright bass; Byron Cage on drum set; and Angie Beeler and Elisa Sciscioli on harmony vocals. Other contributors include Nate Marshall (harmonica), Max Buckholtz (violin), Remanu Steele (trumpet), Jon Keefner (percussion) and the string quartet of Buckholtz, William Hurley, Avner Finberg, and Chris White along with a 30-voice choir and few other guest vocalists.

“As much as I like the simplicity of just a couple instruments and voices, it’s very exciting to me to hear what these tunes sound like with more elaborate orchestrations,” Knapp said. “There are also no guitars at all on this folk album!”

As for lyrical themes, Knapp said a line from the title track sums it up: “Time and time again I’ve seen that we can lift each other up.”

“The natural cycles of our lives always lead us to some lowdown places, but almost always the way I’ve witnessed people getting back on their feet is through the compassion and care of fellow humans — friends, family, and strangers,” he said. “So this process happens on a more personal and individual scale, like in the songs ‘Alright,’ ‘Walk With Me,’ and ‘Remind Me,’ but also more publicly and collectively as in the songs “Democracy,” “In Those Days,” and ‘Cannon Ball,’ which is about the Standing Rock movement.

“Even in the arc of larger social movements and changes in our global awareness, it’s individual person-to-person connections that contribute most to the uplifting of the whole — hence the theme and title, ‘One By One.’”


“Travis Knapp is a brilliant musician with a resonant voice. His songs are uplifting and strong, kindling a sense of hope and optimism. He is very impressive.” -Starhawk, author and activist

A Travis Knapp show is full of audience singing, rich vocal harmonies, clawhammer banjo, joyful dance grooves, acoustic vibes, positive angles on difficult matters, gardening tips, bicycle touring stories, an occasional circus performer, and inspiration to come to this life in a good way. In one word: “Uplifting”


Ithaca singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Travis Knapp released his third album of soulful folk songs in August of 2016. “All the Stars You Hold” is largely driven by banjo, piano, and other less-conventional songwriting instruments (kalimba, shruti box), and it features many of Ithaca’s finest musicians. The album travels from celebratory fiddle tunes and prayerful grooves to playful storytelling and meditative moods.

Winter of 2017 was a successful bicycling and music tour from Oakland to Vancouver – 1,000 miles of riding and 15 performances along the way. Plans for 2018 include a 2-month tour in Sweden, Ireland, and the UK.

– Winner of “Best of Bound for Glory” (2016) [Bound for Glory is the longest running live folk radio show in the country, in its 50th year] …

– BMI John Lennon Songwriter Award (2008)

“All the Stars You Hold” – a Circus to the Music of Travis Knapp – was premiered at Circus Culture in Ithaca on September 23rd and 24th to enthusiastic full houses. The show featured Travis and a 5-piece band performing the album start-to-finish, with a different circus act for every song.

His second album, “For Everything That’s Good” [2014], was written while bicycle touring around the country.


After studying at the Conservatory of Music at Ithaca College, where he accompanied singers and performed with Ithacappella, Travis was awarded the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship in 2008 (for the song “Before You Go” on the album Bright New Way [2013]). That award was used to take permaculture classes and launch the market garden and sprouting company “Dancing Turtle.” With his feet now wet in the world of plants, he dove back into making music. In 2011 he toured the Northeast and Northwest with an acoustic avant-folk duo. In the fall of 2013 he traveled the Northeast and Southern Appalachia by bicycle to promote his first full-length album, “Bright New Way.” Winter of 2014 was also spent on the bicycle, touring the San Francisco Bay area. For 4 years, he served as vegetable gardener and musician-in-residence at the Body Mind Retreats (also home to the Ithaca Zen Center and Sufi Whirling Dervish Center).

Travis practices permaculture, wild crafting, and regenerative agriculture, while he continues to explore music as an important form of sound healing and education. He can be found ringmastering and playing music for Ithaca’s circus events at Circus Culture. As half of the community education duo “Rot’n’Roll,” he writes and performs composting and ecology songs, including “Raw Veggies and Greens” from the Grammy-nominated album “Food for Thought.” He also performs and facilitates workshops with the Honey Child Soul Quintet, which is led by Elisa Sciscioli. Live performances of electronic dance remixes of his songs by Astro Hawk (conscious dance music producer) have been getting people dancing, from NY to NC. The folk quartet The Honeybees (w/Nate Marshall, Angie Beeler, and Leon Arguello) emerged out of bi-weekly gatherings at the Kava Lounge in Ithaca. Travis sings locally and across the country at festivals, farms, markets, gardens, schools, houses, cafes, tea lounges, bars, churches, circuses, sidewalks, TV and radio stations, yoga schools, hiking trails, weddings, funerals, showers, wineries, book talks, ecovillages, and art centers – spreading his positive music and ideas wherever they find fertile ground – in hopes of inspiring folks to live honestly and joyfully!



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