On This Day: Travis Tritt Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut in 1991

by Katie Maloney

Thirty years ago today country music icon Travis Tritt took to the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time in his career.

It’s no secret that the Grand Ole Opry stage is the place to be when you’re an aspiring country musician. Countless country music legends soared to fame after receiving the opportunity to play at that Opry. And Travis Tritt is one of those legends. Tritt appeared at the Opry shortly after releasing his second album, “It’s All About to Change.”

Just days before releasing his sixth single, “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” Tritt performed on the stage and grabbed the attention of listeners everywhere. Not surprisingly, once the single was released it soared to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” spent 24 weeks on the chart and peaked in the number one spot. Talk about perfect timing! In other words, the Grand Ole Opry worked its country music magic once again.

Just One Year After His First Appearance Travis Tritt Became An Official Opry Member

But the Opry wasn’t yet finished with Travis Tritt. Country legend Roy Acuff took a liking to Tritt after his Opry performance. Tritt opened up about his interaction with Acuff during an interview for the Opry website.

“I don’t know why to this day, but Roy Acuff saw something in me that he liked,” said Tritt. “He came up and put his arm around me backstage and said, ‘Son, we want to see you back here at the Opry more often.’”

And when you get the go-ahead from Roy Acuff, you’re pretty much golden. That was certainly the case for Travis Tritt. Just one year later Tritt became an official Grand Ole Opry member. In his 1994 autobiography, Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof, Tritt talked about the significance of the Opry.

“The Grand Ole Opry stands still as one of the biggest traditional gods, if you will, that we pay homage to in the business,” wrote Tritt.In country music, there’s not a single person whose grandfather or father doesn’t have a story about listening to the Grand Ole Opry around a little small AM radio or one of those big console AM radios when they were a kid. My dad told me about it when he was young. I listened to the Grand Ole Opry, watched it on television when I was young. Every person in country music, I think, has got a story like that.”

And now, Travis Tritt has his own Opry story to share with future generations.