On This Day: Travis Tritt Drops Debut Album ‘Country Club’ in 1990

by Joe Rutland

Country music singer-songwriter Travis Tritt put himself out there on this date in 1990, dropping his debut album, “Country Club.”

Now there’s a bit of a backstory about the title track. It was originally released as a single in 1989 and became a Top 10 hit for Tritt. The song itself details a real-life experience the singer had with some uppity people in a country club setting.

After that hit song was released, Travis Tritt got a career break when Charlie Daniels hired him to open for his shows. It turns out that the live-audience experience really helped Tritt hone his playing skills.

Travis Tritt Took Skills From Playing Live Into Studio

He took them into the studio and put down other tracks for “Country Club.” The album has a mix of outlaw country and pop sounds to it.

Four songs off of “Country Club” reached Top 10 status on Billboard’s Hot Country charts. They were the title track, “I’m Gonna Be Somebody, “Drift Off to Dream,” and “Help Me Hold On.” That last song went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

“Country Club,” as an album, reached No. 3 on the country charts and No. 70 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums.

From that point onward, Travis Tritt developed a following that remains strong three-plus decades later.

Tritt Covers ‘Long Haired Country Boy’ By Charlie Daniels

Meanwhile, is it a surprise to know that Tritt did a cover version of one of the Charlie Daniels Band’s songs? After all, he’d been on tour with Daniels so much that he probably had setlists memorized.

“Long Haired Country Boy” is a song from Daniels about a poor country boy who likes to drink in the afternoons with his blue tick hound. The chorus goes, “I ain’t askin’ nobody for nothin’ if I can’t get it on my own. If you don’t like the way I’m livin’, you just leave this long-haired country boy alone.”

The song itself goes back to the Charlie Daniels Band’s 1974 album Fire on the Mountain.

Tritt’s cover, which he performed in August 2017, updated the song, with lines like, “Bin Laden thinks he can bring us down, boys and girls that’s a damn good joke,” to enthusiastic cheers.

He has a busy 2021 live show schedule set, COVID-19 pandemic or not. Tritt is hitting the road to play in front of live audiences once again. Tritt recently played a live acoustic show in Owensboro, Ky.