My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Spotlight Artist: Travis Tritt

Travis TrittJames Travis Tritt was born in Marietta, Georgia, on 9 February 1963. He started playing guitar and singing at an early age, playing in country and bluegrass bands from his teens. After several years struggling to make it in music with a day job, Travis began working with Warner Bros executive Danny Davenport, who produced a demo album which persuaded Warner Bros to sign the young man in 1988 to a singles deal to test the waters.

His debut single, ‘Country Club’, was a top 10 hit, and resulted in that initial short-term deal turning into a long term contract, and his first album came out in 1990, selling well and producing further big hits including his first #1. In 1991 the CMA gave him the Horizon Award for rising stars; this remains his only major award as a solo performer, although he has won several CMA and Grammy Awards for collaborations. His successful solo career was accompanied by several high-profile duets with Marty Stuart, then also best known as a country rocker, and the two toured together successfully on the No Hats tour, a subtle dig at the identikit ‘Hat Acts” who dominated the charts at that period. He was invited to join the Opry in 1993.

By the end of the 90s the hits had slowed down, and Travis left Warner Bros. But there was still some momentum, and he joined Columbia. He enjoyed renewed success there for a few years, before departing in 2005. He then spent a short period on independent label Category 5, for whom he recorded one album, the R&B influenced The Storm, before the label closed down under a cloud. Sadly, he has not recorded since, although he continues to perform, and is currently on an acoustic tour.

He brought a rocking sound with a strong Southern Rock influence which was different from his peers’ music, while also being an underrated balladeer and talented songwriter. He has enjoyed over thirty hits on Billboard, five of them hitting the top spot. The diversity he brought to country airwaves was matched by his talent. We’ll be looking back at his career this month.


7 responses to “Spotlight Artist: Travis Tritt

  1. Ben Foster February 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Nice pick! I don’t know much of Tritt’s work beyond the singles, but this will be the perfect opportunity for me to brush up.

  2. Luckyoldsun February 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The only thing more surprising than the implosion of Travis Tritt’s career was the immolation of Clint Black’s. Back in the early ’90s, they were right up there with Alan Jackson and right behind Garth as the biggest things in country music. (In fact, Black even started out ahead of Garth.) For whatever reason, these two can’t seem to even be able to put out a record, let alone score a hit.

  3. Leeann Ward February 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I’m a big Travis Tritt fan, so I’m excited about this choice. I look forward to reading.

  4. Jordan Stacey February 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I always liked him, he was my first concert and he was one of the first artists to play my hometown two years ago. Got to meet him backstage which was pretty cool.

  5. Michelle February 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I like his music it is different and I have a couple of albums that would wipe the slate with some of the less talented stars of today.

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  7. Paul W Dennis February 9, 2013 at 10:02 am

    good choice – in many ways the most interesting member of the class of 1989

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