Published on December 15th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Travis’ Fran Healy On The New “10 Songs” Album, Life During COVID-19, Future Band Plans & More

It has been 25 years since the 4 members of the band Travis first set foot in a Glasgow, Scotland rehearsal room. At various points along the group’s trajectory, the band has sold millions of albums, they have been the subject of the award-winning feature length documentary Almost Fashionable and frontman Fran Healy has elicited praise from Paul McCartney, Elton John and Graham Nash.

10 Songs is the new album from Travis, as released via BMG on October 9th. Co-produced by Fran Healy and Robin Baynton (Coldplay, Florence & The Machine), and recorded at RAK Studio, 10 Songs reflects a band whose lineup has not changed in its entire collective lifetime. 10 Songs includes synth work from Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, lap steel from Greg Leisz (Beck, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen) and vocals from Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. The music video for its first single, “A Ghost,” was created by Healy and his son while in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On December 14, 2020, I had the pleasure of interviewing Fran Healy via Skype, as partially embedded below; the full interview will air on a later edition of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz program. More on Healy, Travis — which also includes Andy Dunlop (guitar), Dougie Payne (bass) and Neil Primrose (drums) — and 10 Songs can be found online via

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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