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Travis Tritt Celebrates Christmas in the South, Shooting Down Mistletoe

by Jennifer Shea
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Travis Tritt is celebrating Christmas Southern-style with a little mistletoe and target practice.

The country star took to Instagram on Christmas Eve to post a picture of himself holding a shotgun and a sprig of mistletoe and looking pretty pleased with himself. And why not? Hitting the mistletoe is no easy task.

“Shooting down mistletoe with a shotgun on Christmas Eve,” Tritt captioned the photo. “That’s how we do it in the South! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

Travis Tritt’s Solo Acoustic Tour Is Coming Up

Next year, Tritt is taking his show on the road for “An Evening with Travis Tritt,” his solo acoustic tour. Tritt will perform songs, share personal details and recount anecdotes from his life and musical career, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

Among the hit songs Tritt will be performing are “Anymore,” “Best of Intentions,” “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” He’ll also play songs from his most recent album, Set In Stone.

Tritt is a two-time Grammy Award winner and Grand Ole Opry member who also boasts four CMA Awards, a Billboard Music Award and more than 30 million in career album sales. Seven of his 11 studio albums have gone platinum or higher. And he’s released five No. 1 and 20 Top 10 hit songs over the years.

Recent Album Followed Years-Long Focus on Live Performances

Tritt waited about a decade between his previous album and his most recent one. He says his focus was on performing live before audiences, not sitting in the recording studio. But over time, his manager, Mike “Cheez” Brown, wore him down and convinced him to return to the studio.

“I had come to a decision about 12 years ago that I just wanted to really focus on the live performance,” Tritt told Billboard this spring. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have had enough hit songs to be able to very easily do a two-hour show or longer that is nothing but hits, so I really wanted to focus on that, and did for the last 10 or 12 years.”

While Tritt was apprehensive about recording again, producer Dave Cobb really put him at ease by telling him he’d be going into the studio with a live band for this record. That’s the way Tritt likes to do things, and he has been doing them that way since the 1980s. Moreover, when he sat down with his co-songwriters, Tritt found he still had plenty of material inside him.

“I’m just at that point right now where I’m extremely happy about the career that I’ve had and obviously the fact that it’s lasted this long,” he told Billboard. “But I’m also excited about the fact that I still have the opportunity to record new music, write new music. I still have things to say.”

And at the end of the day, Tritt hasn’t forgotten the advice once dispensed to him by Waylon Jennings. It’s the fans that really count, Jennings told him. Follow the audience and follow your heart, and you’ll have a career for as long as you want one.

Tritt has never wavered from that guidance. And lo and behold, his career is still going strong today.