I think you misinterpreted what I wrote. I agree that Travis is one of the most committed drummers working today, and deserves tons of credit for his seemingly endless creative drive, which is even more impressive when you consider the losses he has experienced in his life. And as I wrote in my first post, I think he’s an incredible drummer.
However, none of that has anything to do with his cachet (in other words, the degree of approval that the public feels about his work). I asked the question because our 2009 cover story on Travis sold poorly — not only in comparison to his past DRUM! covers, but also when compared to the other cover stories we published in 2009.
So the question is not whether or not you believe Travis is incredible. I can’t argue with you — he’s still amazing. The question is whether drummers care as much about his work as they did back when his covers were virtually guaranteed to be our the best newsstand sellers.