Finally home in Boston,
Travis was telling his adventures to some friends, when one suggested they
go downtown to “Hoot Night” at “The Loft,” then one of Beacon Hill's most
popular coffeehouses. There, performers took turns singing and playing
songs and the best of the night won a cash prize. Travis was right
at home in the small room, considerably smaller than the hospital wards
he had played for the Red Cross, so he played and sang and told stories
— and won a $15.00 cash prize and a future booking, if he wanted it.
A patron upped the offer. He ran a pub called “King Arthur's,” which
he described as “a coffee house with a liquor license.” The pay was
better than any other coffee house in town and Travis would be free to
do any kind of show he wanted, as long as the customers were happy.
About that time, another patron stepped forward. He had a recording
studio in Jamaica Plain and wanted to do a demo of Travis' performance
to send to his friends in Nashville! All in all, a pretty good night.