FARMINGTON — When Travis Pinkham was 7-years old he starting playing country music. James Rossi began playing fiddle at age 10 and then started playing in a Celtic rock band at age 13. Steven Pinkham picked up the drums at age 10.

Now at age 20, the three have formed a new local band, Revelation ’90, and their purpose goes beyond the fact that they like to play.

Their music is country and rock with a little bluegrass and folk mixed in but it’s all original Christian music, said Travis Pinkham, who writes, plays electric guitar and sings lead vocals.

I feel a calling to minister to people who don’t necessarily go to church,” he said. “I’ll play church music anywhere — out on the street as well as in church.”

His musical style includes writing so that people can relate to it but it’s modern, he said.

I’m trying to get people closer to God and his touch,” he said.

Rossi, who buttresses the string section of the group, playing fiddle and bass guitar, and Travis graduated together from Mt. Blue High School in 2008. Rossi used to “jam” with Travis and his father, Randy, who’s local country music has entertained many. Travis still plays with his Dad, but “he knows I need to do my own thing,” Travis said.

Steven Pinkham, Travis’ cousin, was raised in the Bingham-Moscow area but has moved to Farmington to work and now play, Travis said. He is also starting to grow in his faith.

Travis considers him “one of the best (drummers) in the state of Maine.”

Pinkham chose Revelation ’90 for the group’s name because his favorite verses from the Bible are found in Revelations. The ’90 reflects the fact the three were all born in 1990.

They all love to perform and will play anywhere, any time, Pinkham said. They each bring a different background in music to the group.

It’s the energy realized from the audience that keeps them going.

James and I played a prep rally in high school and the energy that came from the audience (of students) was an adrenaline rush,” he said.

Pinkham‘s no stranger to the stage growing up playing at local American Legions, VFWs and Larry Bisbee’s Countryfolk Music Theater in East Dixfield. He plays every chance he can, mostly free events, he said.

Now the group is preparing for an upcoming concert. One that will benefit the George Hintz Jr. family of Chesterville. When his stepmother asked him to do something to help the family that has been struggling since Hintz died, Travis stepped up, planning a concert for Sept. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Lincoln Auditorium of Roberts Learning Center at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Revelation ’90 is only the special guest for the concert that features a Christian rock group from Portland, The Wrecking, he said. The group has attained national recognition with tours and CDs, he said.  They used to be known as The Kingpin Wrecking Crew. Their music airs on the local 93.9 Christian station but there is another reason for asking the group to help.

At least one member of The Wrecking, Doug Elder, attended the University of Maine at Farmington. So Travis merely contacted them and asked, he said.

Tickets, $10 for adults, are on sale at Ron’s Market and Mosher’s Seafood ‘N’ More. For more information about the concert, contact Pinkham at 320-0818.

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