A LifeMinute with Travis Tritt

Jun 15, 04:07 PM
Southern rock-influenced two-time Grammy award winner and three-time Country Music Association (CMA) award-winning artist Travis Tritt has been wowing fans for 30+ years. We recently caught up with the country great from his home studio in Georgia to hear about his latest release Set In Stone. The new album marks Tritt’s first original full-length studio album in more than a decade and pays homage to all sides of his musical personality as well as his trademark original sounds, from the rocking and rowdy to powerful love songs.

Tritt describes Set In Stone as “getting back to a no-frills classic outlaw-country sound.” Released through Big Noise Music Group and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, The Highwomen, Sturgill Simpson), Tritt’s new album features 11 new songs, eight of which he co-wrote.

The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline started when the young Marietta, Georgia native incorporated his lifelong influences of Southern rock, blues, and gospel into his country music background during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. in 1989.  Over the course of a decade, Tritt released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label.  His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom, dubbing him as one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

“Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts; all of which led Tritt to win the award for Top New Male Artist from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist of the Year Award). Moreover, in 1991 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) marked Tritt’s debut album Country Club as certified platinum. A year later Tritt was invited to become a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.\

Tritt’s sophomore album It’s All About to Change was released two years after his debut album. This album changed everything when it not only shipped three million copies but all four of its singles reached the top five on the country music charts. And like the first album, this second release became triple-platinum certified by the RIAA.

At the same time, Tritt's conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical assertiveness set him apart. The next series of albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, scored him more hit singles and led Tritt to amass more than 30 million in career album sales, as well as two Grammys, three CMA Awards, and a devoted fan base that continues to fill venues coast-to-coast.

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