Country Throwback: Travis Tritt Joined by Joe Pesci for ‘Bible Belt’ Performance at 1992 ACM Awards

by Joe Rutland
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Travis Tritt fits the bill quite nicely when it comes to naming country music singers and songwriters. But Joe Pesci? Where does he fit in?

Well, it all does fit together. See, Tritt recorded “Bible Belt” for another one of Pesci’s best-known movies, “My Cousin Vinny.” The song appears in the film and, to those gathered and watching in 1992, Tritt invited Pesci to join him at the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony.

Now you might think that Tritt would just be doing all the singing and playing on stage. You might think Pesci would just be an after-thought, maybe clapping his hands or banging a tambourine.

Nope. Tritt starts singing the song, then invites Pesci to join in to his left. Pesci not only plays rhythm guitar in the performance, but the actor also sings too. It’s an incredible performance that people probably didn’t forget about for years to come.

Let’s turn on the Wayback Machine to 1992 and enjoy Tritt and Pesci playing “Bible Belt.”

Travis Tritt Still Making Music With ‘Ghost Town Nation’

Both Tritt and Pesci are still going strong in their respective careers. Back in October, Tritt released a lyric video for his new song, “Ghost Town Nation.”

According to Tritt’s website, “‘Ghost Town Nation’ is an energetic song that sends the message of making the best out of a bad situation.”

He’s been labeled as an “outlaw,” following the footsteps of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Emmylou Harris, and many others.

Here’s the video for Tritt’s “Ghost Town Nation.”

The song was written by Aaron Raitiere and JB Strauss.

Tritt also signed a record deal with Big Noise Music Group, which is based in Los Angeles. He’s also finishing up a new album, which is due out in 2021.

Yet two decades ago, Tritt’s career was hitting a bit of a lull. That all changed, though, with his single “Best of Intentions” hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Radio Chart on Nov. 18, 2000.