‘New’ Travis Tritt coming to the Fair
By Janelle Faignant
Staff Writer | August 29,2013
Country-rock star Travis Tritt comes to the Vermont State Fair Sept. 7
Fans of Travis Tritt will be happy to see that the country-rock crooner will be taking the stage at the Vermont State Fair at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, with some new material. The 50-year-old Georgia native recently released his first new single since 2007 — a duet with his daughter covering “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” the 1992 hit from Patty Smyth and Don Henley.
The song is the first off his new album, “The Calm After,” which Tritt released on his own label. It features tracks from his 2007 album “The Storm,” which was co-produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, whom Tritt met at a recording session in 2006.
When the label he was previously signed with folded, “The Storm” went largely unheard, and the process of getting his label underway and the new album off the ground has been a long one.
Chuck Dauphin of Music News, Nashville, called “The Storm” one of his “finest and most musically diverse works.” He went on to say, “The masses didn’t really get a chance to hear it. The label was embroiled in a legal battle, and the disc pretty much disappeared from view.”
After all of that, Tritt has moved forward.
“I’m thrilled to death to be able to release the first single on Post Oak, my own record label, with my daughter,” Tritt said in a recent interview with Billboard Magazine.
Although he hasn’t released an album in the last six years, Tritt has been touring steadily during that time, including some acoustic shows featuring just him and a guitar.
He taught himself to play guitar at 8 years old and wrote his first song in high school. His career began with some small gigs in Atlanta. He built a name for himself there before making the move to country music’s capital, Nashville.
In 1989, Tritt’s debut single “Country Club,” became a top-10 hit, and his blend of country and rock was as equally influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd as it was by Dolly Parton. Tritt’s sound was a little different from traditional country, and his style set him apart at the start of his career — he didn’t sport a cowboy hat, and his concert style was more rock than country.
Tritt signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1987 and released seven albums over the next 10 years. His 1991 album, “It’s All About to Change,” went triple-platinum.
With lyrics like “I’m trying to earn the right to be your man, when to show a little tenderness is all I really need to do,” and song titles like, “Doesn’t the Good Outweigh the Bad,” “What if Love Hangs On,” and “Something Stronger than Me,” Tritt says personal experiences are the driving force behind his inspiration.
“I’m constantly playing and working to become a better guitar player, banjo player, vocalist and songwriter,” Tritt said. “I am as excited about the creative process and performing now as I was the day I signed my first record deal.”
Vermont State Fair
The Vermont State Fair presents country-rock singer Travis Tritt in concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at the VSF Grandstand on Route 7, south of Rutland. Individual tickets are $45-$30; call 802-775-5200, or go online to www.vermontstatefair.net.