Tulsa Lifestyle went backstage with singer/songwriter Travis Bond at the Wine Loft to learn more about him and his band, The Rebel Souls.
How did you first become interested in music?
When I was seven years old, my older brother moved out to start college. I was excited to get his room and the vinyl record player he left behind. His collection of music was an eclectic one. The artist I drew to first was Elvis Presley. He had the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Charley Pride, Patsy Cline, Van Halen, Creedence, and so many more. That old, cheap record player was what started it all.
Are you more of a singer or a songwriter?
That’s a tough question because both come so naturally. Probably singing because I don’t have to think about it. In my case, singing led to songwriting. I would find myself doing household chores and making up songs on the fly. My mom encouraged me to write in a journal because I had partial lyrics and ideas written down on napkins, receipts, sticky notes, and torn paper all over the house. I filled a lot of journals and still have most of them today. I still use them as reference tools for writing new songs.
Sounds like you are more of a songwriter…
I guess songwriting started out like whistling while you work. Sometimes the lyrics and melody would resonate within me and I would find myself unintentionally working on the lyrics to make them better. But my true love is the connection with the listener. I’ll take my original idea, put it in front of The Rebel Souls and the result is a song that really means something.
And that’s when the magic happens?
Yes, these songs talk about love, brotherhood, life, heartbreak, getting back up, where I’ve been and where I’m going. Songwriting is important to me because it’s something that can never be taken away. It gives my children a look into who I really am as a man, husband, father, fellow citizen, human being, and a child of God.
What do you do outside of music?
I’ve owned Tulsa Steam Team, a carpet cleaning and restoration company since 2004. It gives me a lot of
freedom and I get to meet wonderful people every day. It’s part of my journey because you never know where a song is going to come from. I’m married to a gorgeous, talented, amazing woman and mother who wholeheartedly supports me in everything I do. I have three children I love more than anything and love spending time with them exploring the great outdoors.
The Rebel Souls will perform at the Jenks Riverwalk Rally at the Riverwalk Amphitheater on June 16th. Then we are headed to Bixby on June 23rd for the Green Corn Festival. We are working on new material every week and will have an album ready soon.
“Songwriting is important to me because it’s something that can never be taken away. It gives my children a look into who I really am as a man, husband, father, fellow citizen, human being, and a child of God.”