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Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early '90s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. He was the only one not to wear a hat and the only one to dip into bluesy Southern rock. Consequently, he developed a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguished him from the pack. Throughout the early '90s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number one hits. Tritt fell in love with music as a child, teaching himself how to play guitar when he was eight and beginning to write songs when he was 14. Travis was determined to have a musical career, but his parents didn't encourage him to follow his instincts. His mother didn't mind that he wanted to perform, but she wanted him to sing gospel; his father was afraid there was no money in singing. When he was 18, he tried to settle down, work, and have a family but was unsuccessful -- he was married and divorced twice before he was 22. He continued to play music while working various jobs, including one at an air-conditioning company. The company's vice president was a guitarist who gave up hopes of a musical career and urged Tritt to follow his dreams. Tritt quit his job and began pursuing a career full-time. In 1982, Tritt began his pursuit by recording a demo tape at a private studio that was owned by Danny Davenport, who happened to be an executive at Warner Bros. Davenport heard the vocalist's songs and was impressed, deciding to take Tritt under his wing. For the next several years, the pair recorded demo tapes while Tritt played the honky tonk circuit. The singer was developing a distinctive sound, adding elements of country-rock and Southern rock to his honky tonk. Partway through in 1989, Warner Bros.' Nashville division signed Tritt, and his debut album, Country Club, appeared in the stores in the spring of 1990. It was preceded by the Top Ten hit, "Country Club." Upon the release of his debut album, Tritt entered the first ranks of new country singers. His next two singles, "Help Me Hold On" and "I'm Gonna Be Somebody," hit number one and two respectively. "Put Some Drive in Your Country," which had a clear rock & roll influence, stalled at number four, since radio programmers were reluctant to feature such blatantly rock-derived music. Despite his success, the Nashville music industry was hesitant to embrace Tritt. His music and stage show owed too much to rock & roll, and his image didn't conform with the behatted legions of new male singers. Nevertheless, Tritt had a breakthrough success with his second album, 1991's It's All About to Change. Prior to its release, he had hired manager Ken Kragen, who also worked with Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, and We Are the World. Kragen helped market Tritt in a way that appealed to both country fans and a mass audience, sending It's All About to Change into multi-platinum territory. T-r-o-u-b-l-e, Tritt's third album, was released in 1992. Although it didn't match the success of It's All About to Change, it had the number one single, "Can I Trust You with My Heart," and went gold. Tritt bounced back in 1994 with Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof, which went platinum, spawned the number one single "Foolish Pride," and marked his highest position, number 20, on the pop charts. His 1995 compilation Greatest Hits: From the Beginning went platinum within six months of its November release. Restless Kind was released in 1996, followed two years later by No More Looking Over My Shoulder; Down the Road I Go was issued in fall 2000. Live in Concert appeared in 2007 from Big Bang, while later that same year Category 5 released a new studio effort from Tritt called The Storm, which was produced by Randy Jackson of American Idol fame. Category 5 folded not long after the August 2007 release of The Storm and Tritt filed a lawsuit against the label, claiming he never received royalties and lost creative control; he eventually reacquired the rights to the album and released it in an expanded version called The Calm After... in the summer of 2013. Between The Storm and The Calm After... Tritt toured regularly, often as a solo acoustic act. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Travis Tritt

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    14 songs

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    The Calm After...

    12 songs

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    My Honky Tonk History

    12 songs

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    Strong Enough

    11 songs

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    Down the Road I Go

    10 songs

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    No More Looking over My Shoulder

    11 songs

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    The Restless Kind

    10 songs

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    Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof

    10 songs

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    A Travis Tritt Christmas: Loving Time of the Year

    10 songs

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    T-r-o-u-b-l-e

    10 songs

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    It's All About to Change

    10 songs

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    Country Club

    20 songs

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    The Very Best of Travis Tritt

    2 songs

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    Anymore

    1 song

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    The Girl's Gone Wild

    2 songs

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    T-R-O-U-B-L-E / Leave My Girl Alone

    2 songs

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    Winter Wonderland

    12 songs

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    The Essentials

    15 songs

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    Greatest Hits: From the Beginning

    12 songs

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    The Storm

    2 songs

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    You Never Take Me Dancing

    1 song

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    Put Some Drive in Your Country

    1 song

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    All I Want For Christmas Dear Is You

    1 song

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    Christmas In My Hometown

    10 songs

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    Super Hits

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Top Songs by
Travis Tritt

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  2.   Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)
  3.   It's a Great Day to Be Alive
  4.   The Whiskey Ain't Workin'
  5.   T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  6.   Drift Off to Dream
  7.   Anymore
  8.   Take It Easy
  9.   Country Club
  10.   Winter Wonderland
  11.   The Girl's Gone Wild
  12.   Love of a Woman
  13.   Where Corn Don't Grow
  14.   Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde
  15.   I'm Gonna Be Somebody
  16.   Foolish Pride
  17.   Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
  18.   Best of Intentions
  19.   Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof
  20.   Help Me Hold On
  21.   Can I Trust You with My Heart
  22.   Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man
  23.   Put Some Drive in Your Country
  24.   Looking Out for Number One
  25.   I Walk the Line
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Travis Tritt

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    '90s Country

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    Cruisin' Country

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    She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy

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    Tim McGraw: DNA

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    Shania Twain: DNA

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    Country Sunshine

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    Country Christmas

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    Kip Moore: I Am The DJ

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    Alan Jackson: DNA

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    The Country Vault

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    Party Country

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    77 Greatest Country Duets

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    Luke Bryan: DNA

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    Justin Moore: I Am The DJ

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    New Country

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    Classic Country

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    Outlaw Country

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    Country: '90s and Today

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    Country Hits

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    Craig Morgan: I Am The DJ

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    Whiskey And Heartbreak

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    Eagles: DNA

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    Johnny Cash: DNA

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    Blake Shelton: DNA

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