Volunteer Spotlight - October 2012 - Travis Russell
Travis Russell was born and raised in Los Angeles. “When I would attend events that featured Doc
Watson or someone like that, there were always so many attendees that you
simply could not have close access to any of the performers,” says Travis. “What
I love about MerleFest is that fans can get close and chat with
performers. As a volunteer, I found the
acts themselves frequently started with conversation and it felt like a big
family.” As a Doc Watson fan since he was a pre-teen, it took him many years to
have the opportunity to attend MerleFest.
MerleFest 25 was his first time.
Travis volunteered as a stage crew.
He has more than 20 years experience in working concerts and
events for a number of production companies.
He has held several different positions over the years including stage
hand, rigger, chief electrician, crew chief, security supervisor and event
Travis is currently the owner of Big T Productions focusing
on Dark Attractions. Dark Attractions are professional haunted houses. His
specialty is The Plague and Camp Nightmare. After volunteering at MerleFest 25 Travis stated,
“I have worked hundreds of tours for the biggest names in music such as Rolling
Stones and .38 Special, MerleFest has been the most enjoyable gig yet! “ Travis
is looking forward to MerleFest 2013.
Travis lives in Clayton, North Carolina. In his spare time
he enjoys playing various musical instruments, including guitar, banjo and the Dobro. Travis also says, “Doc Watson inspired my music
as a young guitar player.”
We look forward to having Travis volunteer again this year.