By Donna ONeil, Special to the Herald
|Travis Tritt prepares for his Monday evening performance at the Franklin Theatre. Photo by Derby Jones
Calling it “perfect,” Travis Tritt picked the historic Franklin Theatre, nestled in the heart of the city’s quintessential Main Street commercial district, to record a DVD to mark his 25th anniversary in Country music.
Tritt, a two-time Grammy Award winner performed “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” “Drift Off to Dream,” and “Help Me Hold On,” this afternoon at an intimate media event at the venue. A member of Country music’s Class of ’89, which includes Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tritt has amassed five No. 1 singles, top 10 studio albums and 19 top 10 singles.
“What’s so special about the Class of ’89,” he said, “Is that we are all distinct people.” He explained that was one reason each artist reached acclaim early on in their careers, and why each remains popular across generations of listeners.
Regarding his 25-year tenure in the industry, he was humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue to “do what I love – play music.”
He attributed his longevity to taking control, but just enough control, of his own destiny. One of his early influencers was country music legend Waylon Jennings, who told him, “Everybody deserves to have it their own way,” Tritt said. “That was the biggest challenge for me.”
In addition to his country idols, who include, George Jones, Johnny Cash and others, Tritt said his musical influences ran the gamut from Lynyrd Skynyrd to John Denver and James Taylor. When asked about the seemingly blurred lines of today’s Country artists, he advised that artists should be true to themselves. “All the lines are blurred,” he remarked. “But thing is not to assume a cookie cutter mentality. Go for your own dream.”
Tritt is set to perform tonight at the Franklin Theatre to a sold out audience. The show will feature musical guests, including Kid Rock and a few surprises. A show with guest Marty Stuart and other surprise artists is set for tomorrow night. That show is also sold out.
Posted on: 1/13/2014