James Travis Tritt, the Georgia born and raised country star took an early interest in music while performing for the Sunday school church choir. When he was eight years old, he received his first guitar and taught himself how to play it. When he turned fourteen years old in 1977, his parents bought him another guitar, which he’d turn to his uncle, Sam Lockhart, to learn more songs. While in high school, he learned how to write music and wrote his first composition after breaking up with a girlfriend. He was complimented for his work that encouraged him to found a bluegrass group with some of his friends. Together, they placed second in a local tournament for their cover of the country classic, Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.
Before engaging full-time in a music career that would lead him to stardom, Tritt worked a number of jobs, mainly in retail. At first, his father felt Tritt would not succeed in the music industry while his mother wanted him to stick with Christian music. Regardless, Tritt chose his own path to pursue country music as his genre of choice. Through the assistance of Warner Bros. Records, demos were recorded that produced that saw Tritt become signed to the Nashville division of Warner Bros. in 1987.
Starting in 1989, through Warner Bros. Records, Travis Tritt recorded and released seven studio albums, as well as a greatest hits album for the ten years he was signed with them. Three additional studio albums were recorded and released through Columbia Records, then an album with Category 5 Records. From these twelve albums, seven of them have earned at least a platinum certification with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His most successful album has been 1991’s It’s All About to Change, which became triple-platinum. On more than forty occasions, Tritt has released singles that have hit the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Top 10 Travis Tritt Songs
#10 – This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time) (featuring Marty Stuart)
Together, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt perform “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time), which was released in 1992 as the first single from Stuart’s sixth studio album, This One’s Gonna Hurt You. On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, it peaked at number seven and in Canada it climbed as high as number six. With the Country Music Association, it won Vocal Event of the Year for the two artist. Also for Tritt, the same association awarded him with its Horizon Award, which is now known today as New Artist of the Year.
#9 – I’m Gonna Be Somebody
In 1990, “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” was the third single that was released from his debut album, Country Club. On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, it peaked as high as number two while in Canada, it became his second number one hit. The hero character in the song was named Bobby, who lived in a lower classed community with financial issues. Aside from the name, fans who knew a thing or two about Tritt’s real-life story can see the relation as it shared the same story of proving non believers who doubted him, his talent, and his ability wrong. The 1990 win he earned as Top New Male Artist from Billboard Magazine seemed to make the fairytale ending to this song so much sweeter.
#8 – Help Me Hold On
“Help Me Hold On” was the first number one song for Travis Tritt on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Canadian Country Tracks chart. It came from his debut album, Country Club, which was released in 1990. This ballad, which featured the tale of a failing relationship, saw the narrator begging his love interest not to abandon him as he confesses the mistakes he’s made in the relationship. This single served as a significant message to those who doubted him that the path he chose to follow his heart into country music was the right one, and he’s holding on just fine.
#7 – Anymore
“Anyone” was the second single that was released in 1991 from the album, It’s All About to Change. On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Canadian Country Tracks chart, it peaked at number one. This became the second hit single for Travis Tritt to do so in his career. As a music video, “Anymore” served as the first of a trilogy, followed by 1995’s “Tell Me I was Dreaming, and “If I Lost You” in 1998. The tale revolved around a Vietnam War veteran named Mac Singleton that is wheelchair-bound, contending with nightmares about his experience every night. It also reflected upon the veteran’s struggle as he is estranged from his wife in the song, Anna.
#6 – Can I Trust You With My Heart
From the 1992 album, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, “Can I Trust You With My Heart” became the second single to be released from it. On the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Canadian Country Tracks chart, it peaked at number one. In this lyrical ballad, the narrator explained how special it was to fall in love with someone, plus all the difficulties that come with it. It then went into an elaboration of his own relationship, going on to explain if what he and his love interest have is enough to take it to the next step.
#5 – Foolish Pride
Released in March 1994 from the album, Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof, “Foolish Pride” earned Travis Tritt another number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and on the Canadian Country tracks chart. Lyrically sharing the tale of foolish pride getting in the way of fixing a failed relationship, this ballad performance made it an easy favorite for music critics and fans to not just relate to but enjoy.
#4 – Best of Intentions
In 2000, “Best of Intentions” became yet another number one hit for Travis Tritt on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Canadian Country Tracks chart. It also became a crossover hit by peaking at number twenty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. As a ballad, the discussion about his best intentions are brought forth, but fail to materialize into the kind of life he had hoped to build with his love interest. This single served as a the first single Travis Tritt earn a chart-topping hit since 1994, breaking a six-year drought, since “Foolish Pride.”
#3 – I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair (featuring George Jones)
In 1993, George Jones and Travis Tritt earned Vocal Event of the Year by the Country Music Association, thanks to their dual performance of “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.” This was the first single released from George Jones 1992 album, Walls Can Fall. In 1992, George Jones was recognized as one of the true legends of country music. In the final chorus, there was a delivery of a call and response that featured a variety of artists make their statement. This included Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty Loveless, and Clint Black. The song was highly praised by the critics, thanks to its boisterous honky-tonk style that has been a George Jones signature trademark.
#2 – Same Old Train (featuring Marty Stuart and various artists)
In 1998, Travis Tritt, along with a flurry of top-name country artists, earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Same Old Train,” which was a collaborative single performance that paid tribute to a country song favorite.
#1 – The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ (featuring Marty Stuart)
The duet performance of “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” shared by Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt earned the two artists a Grammy Award in 1992 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. In the music video, the two wind up getting themselves thrown in jail for drunk misdemeanors, only to be bailed out by the same woman the two met at a bar. This song was released in 1991 as the third single from Travis Tritt’s third studio album, It’s All About to Change. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and it was a number four hit on the Canadian Country Tracks chart.
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