Travis Tritt is an American country singer, songwriter, and actor whose style straddles mainstream country and Southern rock. Seven of his albums are certified platinum, and he has charted more than 40 times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including five number ones and fifteen top ten singles. He is influenced by Ray Charles, James Taylor, the Allman Brothers Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Tritt was born in Marietta, Georgia. He sang in his church’s children’s choir, and wrote his first song at 13 after teaching himself to play the guitar. Tritt worked a day job upon graduating from high school, while moonlighting as a solo act at local Atlanta clubs and bars. He was discovered by talent scout Danny Davenport, who brought his demo to executives at Warner Brothers Records. Tritt’s first radio single, Country Club, became a top ten hit in 1989, and his first album by the same name sold over a million copies. The album demonstrated Tritt’s unique ability to meld R&B and southern rock with mainstream country music, and to market it successfully.
It’s All About to Change was released in 1991 and went platinum. It featured major hits “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” and “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares), and garnered Tritt the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award. After his equally successful T-R-O-U-B-L-E (1992), Tritt became the youngest member of Nashville’s prestigious Grand Ole Opry. He also received a Grammy that year for Best Country Vocal Collaboration with Marty Stuart.
Tritt released his next album, Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof (1994), to rave reviews. The album featured some of Tritt’s idols, Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings, and was enhanced by the masterful guitar accompaniment of Stuart. After moving to Columbia Records, Tritt released Down the Road I Go (2000), which produced the number one single, “Best of Intentions” and received enormous praise from Billboard magazine.
Tritt’s most recent albums have garnered platinum status and have generated a stream of hits including “Strong Enough to Be Your Man,” “Country Ain’t Country,” and the humorous “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde.” He performs often and is regularly booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.