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Album Review: Travis Tritt – ‘Down The Road I Go’

travistritt1998′s commercially disappointing No More Looking Over My Shoulder was the first album of Travis Tritt’s career that did not earn gold or platinum certification. It also marked the end of his tenure at Warner Bros. Records. At the turn of the millennium he signed with Columbia and released Down The Road I Go, which brought about a change in his commercial fortunes, at least temporarily.

Travis had a hand in writing seven of the album’s eleven tracks, and once again served as the project’s co-producer with Billy Joe Walker, Jr. The first single release for his new label was the gorgeous ballad “Best of Intentions”, which returned him to the Top 10 for the first time in four years. It was also his first #1 since 1994′s “Foolish Pride” and was his fifth and last chart-topper. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed most of Tritt’s ballads but if pressed, I would probably choose “Best of Intentions” as my favorite.

Now back in country radio’s good graces, Tritt followed up the success of “Best of Intentions” with the Darrell Scott-penned “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” an optimistic and upbeat number that had previously been recorded by Jon Randall. It just missed the top of the chart, leveling off at #2, as did the soulful “Love Of A Woman”. “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” tells the story of a man who finds himself on the wrong side of the law when a woman he picks up at a gas station robs a convenience store. Comparing themselves to the famous 1930s outlaw duo, the two go on the lam and are eventually apprehended by the police. The fun tune peaked at #8 and was the last Top Ten hit of Tritt’s career.

Down The Road I Go is one of Tritt’s more consistent and enjoyable albums in no small part due to the lack of Southern Rock tunes that permeated most of his earlier work. The album cuts are all well written and within the realm of what was considered mainstream country in the early 2000s. I particularly like the harmonies on “I Wish I Was Wrong” and the two tunes that Tritt penned with Charlie Daniels – “If The Fall Don’t Get You” and the closing track “Southbound Train”, which has just a hint of Southern Rock. I also quite like “Never Get Away From Me (For Waylon and Jessi)”, which sounds very much like something Waylon Jennings might have released a quarter century earlier.

Down The Road I Go
is one of the very few Travis Tritt albums that I still play all the way through. Although he released two more albums for Columbia, it marks his last hurrah as a hitmaker. It’s worth picking up even if you are just a casual fan as all of his major hits for Columbia can be found here.

Grade: A

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4 responses to “Album Review: Travis Tritt – ‘Down The Road I Go’

  1. Paul W Dennis February 20, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I agree – this album sparked a definite (if brief) renaissance for Tritt. The following albums for Columbia didn’t reach these heights – like Razor X , this album, plus his first two albums on WB are the albums I play staight through

  2. AndyTheDrifter February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

    This is my favorite Tritt album.

  3. Occasional Hope February 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Definitely one of his best (if not his best) albums.

  4. Jonathan Pappalardo February 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I love all the singles from this set, and was glad to see Tritt back in radio’s good graces. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” is probably the most overplayed track of his career. It’s a great song, but after being played to DEATH, I’m so sick of it. Love how country radio can suck the life out of even the best songs.

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