Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

TRITT, Travis

(b James Travis Tritt, 9 Feb. '63, Marietta GA) A long-haired, blue-collar biker hero, Tritt took country music by the scruff of the neck with a rich blend of honky-tonk and southern boogie and brought a whole new audience to the genre. Began as soloist in a church choir; after high school worked loading trucks, playing club dates at the weekends; cut demos for four years, signed by WB Nashville '88; since then has hardly been out of the country top ten: no. ones incl. 'Help Me Hold On', 'Anymore', 'Can I Trust You With My Heart', 'Foolish Pride', etc. Writer of many of his hits, has also been astute in reviving oldies such as Presley's 'T-R-O-U- B-L-E'. Teamed with Marty Stuart for the No Hats Tour and they recorded some raucous duet hits. Though known for his up-tempo rock-inflected work, Tritt is also an underrated soulful balladeer with such classics as 'Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)', 'Tell Me I Was Dreaming' and 'Between An Old Memory And Me'. Hit albums have gone gold incl. Country Club '90, It's All About To Change '91, T-R-O-U-B-L-E '92, Ten Feet Tall And Bullet Proof '94, The Restless Kind '96.