Travis Tritt, Chris Janson Pay Tribute to Waylon Jennings With Grand Ole Opry Performance: WATCH

by Josh Lanier

Travis Tritt teamed up with Chris Janson at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday to honor a country music legend. The two performed together on stage for the first time ever to pay tribute to Waylon Jennings.

They performed Jennings’ classic tune “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” at the show. The 1975 song criticizes some of the excesses of country music in the 1970s.

Janson explained how the collaboration happened before the performance.

“I sent Travis a message this week and said ‘Hey, don’t you think we oughta sing a little bit together for the first time ever, and we do it on the Grand Ole Opry stage?’” Janson said ahead of the performance. “And we’re going to honor one of our late, great heroes, Waylon Jennings tonight ladies and gentlemen.

“That’s what the Grand Ole Opry is about, ladies and gentlemen,” Janson said as the performance ended.

The performance was part of a special presentation between The Grand Ole Opry, Circle, and Gray Television to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity across America. A problem recent winter storms have made much worse. All proceeds went to Feeding America, which stocks is a network of food bands and pantries across the country. The Opry solicited donations for the nonprofit throughout the show.

Carly Pearce, Jeannie Seely, Mark Wills, Hailey Whitters, Chonda Pierce, and the Opry Square Dancers also performed Saturday.

Travis Tritt Unveils New Song at Grand Ole Opry

Travis Tritt debuted his new song “Smoke in a Bar” Saturday at the Grand Ole Opry show.

The song will be on Tritt’s highly anticipated new studio album Set In Stone. It’s the country music icon’s first studio record since he released The Storm in 2007. He’ll release the 11-song album on May 7.

What’s more, Dave Cobb, a longtime Chris Stapleton producer, produced the album. Dave’s younger cousin, singer-songwriter Brent Cobb, co-wrote three of the songs. Tritt co-wrote 8 of the tracks on Set in Stone.

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Tritt. In January, he appeared in Hot Country Knight’s video “Pick Her Up.”

Additionally, he plans to begin touring again in April. You can find all of his tour dates on his website.

Tritt’s performance Saturday comes a day before he’ll celebrate his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The famed theater made him a member on Feb. 29, 1992.