Travis Tritt’s New Single ‘Smoke in a Bar’ Takes Us Back to His ’90s Heyday

by Jim Casey

Travis Tritt released a smooth-sounding new single, “Smoke in a Bar.” Go ahead and inhale it.

TT has always been the best kind of musical T-R-O-U-B-L-E. If his new single is any indication, we’re in for a throwback treat with his upcoming album, Set in Stone (May 7). Penned by Jeremy Bussey, Derek George, and Tim Montana, “Smoke in a Bar” is one of 11 new songs on the album.

The new single features TT pining for the days of yore, “When the world turned slower / And you could smoke in a bar.” Now, we’re not advocating smoking in bars anymore. But we do like a good metaphor. And we are advocating for more TT in our lives. The opening verse sounds like vintage Travis Tritt with his mellow vocals and the classic instrumentation.

Daddies were Daddies and Mamas were saints
What preachers were preaching
You could take to the bank
Kids played outside
Up until it turned to dark
When the world turned slower
And you could smoke in a bar

Ready for a listen? Yep, without further ado.

Travis Tries New Class of Songwriters

Travis, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson were dubbed the “Class of ’89” for breaking through in 1989 with major hits and dominating the charts in the 1990s. Tritt’s upcoming album features a “new class” of songwriters that should give the album plenty of outlaw pop, including Channing Wilson (Luke Comb’s “She Got the Best of Me”), Brent Cobb (Miranda Lambert’s “Good Ol’ Days), Tim Montana, Dillon Carmichael, and more.

Travis co-penned eight of the new tunes on Set in Stone, including the title track. The new album, which was produced by Dave Cobb, marks Tritt’s first original full-length studio album since 2007’s The Storm.

Travis noted that his new album is about “getting back to a no-frills, classic, outlaw-country sound.” 

TT has range, but “outlaw” is what he’s always done best. With producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Sturgill Simpson) helming the project, expect Travis Tritt to come out guns-a-blazing on May 7.

Set in Stone Track List & Songwriters

  1. “Stand Your Ground” (Travis Tritt, Channing Wilson, Wyatt Durrette)
  2. “Set In Stone” (Travis Tritt, Brent Cobb, Adam Hood)
  3. “Ghost Town Nation” (JB Strauss, Aaron Raitiere)
  4. “Smoke In A Bar” (Jeremy Bussey, Derek George, Tim Montana)
  5. “Leave This World” (Travis Tritt, Ashley Monroe)
  6. “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That No More” (Travis Tritt, Dillon Carmichael)
  7. “Better Off Dead” (Travis Tritt, Adam Hood)
  8. “Southern Man” (Travis Tritt, Channing Wilson, Wyatt Durrette)
  9. “Open Line” (Travis Tritt, Brent Cobb)
  10. “Ain’t Who I Was” (Brent Cobb, Adam Hood)
  11. “Way Down In Georgia” (Travis Tritt, Dennis Robbins, Troy Seals)