The Story


Travis Williams has spent more than 20 years working professionally as a bassist in North Carolina. However when stepping out on his own it was not the bass he would choose to play, it was another passion...the oud. 

The oud is an 11 string fretless lute mostly associated with traditional Arabic music. An instrument that captured Travis' imagination from the very first time he heard it.

It was the oud that inspired the formation of The Travis Williams Group. The band consists of five world class musicians playing original compositions influenced by traditional Arabic Maqam music, modern jazz, Appalachian roots and world music from Africa and Latin America.

A true fusion of styles with the sole purpose of making music that people will connect with and that will mean something to them. 


Travis Williams- Oud, Compositions

Kinard Douthit- Flutes

Colin Allured- Kamale Ngoni, Guitar, Camelini

Ken Simonds- Bass

Bill Smith- Frame Drums, Riq, Cymbals, Doumbek, Various Percussion   

          The Sound