Travis Tritt Explains the Story Behind His Song ‘They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That No More’

by Clayton Edwards
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In many ways, Travis Tritt’s latest release is a look back to a simpler time. Set in Stone sounds and feels like something that could have dropped in the mid-90s. At the same time, many of the songs are about yearning for the good old days.

Tracks like “Smoke in a Bar,” and “Ghost Town Nation,” look derisively at modern society. At the same time, they highlight the virtues of the past as well as getting away from the world. However, no song on the record highlights Tritt’s longing for days gone by like “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That No More.”

Over the course of the track, Travis Tritt takes a hard look back to the good old days. He sang about old cars, women in bygone days, and classic country music. In his eye, everything was better back in the day. If there was any doubt about that, the chorus spells it out pretty plainly.

There’s just some things that stand the test of time. / Like an old jukebox and some honky-tonk wine. / Newer ain’t better buddy, that’s for sure. / Son, they don’t make ’em like that no more.”

Travis Tritt enlisted the help of singer-songwriter Dillon Carmichael to pen the song. Recently, he posted a video on Twitter talking about how the song came about. Check it out below.

Travis Tritt Talks About “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That No More”

At the beginning of the video, Travis Tritt says that he has been a fan of Carmichael’s since he first heard him a few years back. From that moment on, the country legend wanted to write with Carmichael. He finally got the chance while he was putting songs together for Set in Stone. Tritt goes on to say that “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That No More,” was the first song they wrote together.

About the track, Travis Tritt says, ”I think the thing that really kind of drove that idea was really kind of a Marty Stuart feel. There was a certain Marty Stuart driving feel to that particular song. That’s one of the things I’ve always loved about Marty and Marty’s music.”

He went to say that they took that Stuart feel and “kicked it into high gear.”

Lyrically, Travis Tritt said that the concept of the song was pretty simple. About that, he said, “We talked about, once again, the things that they used to make that would last. The things that they used to sing about and talk about that are still some of the greatest recordings that I’ve ever heard and the greatest experiences that I’ve ever had. So, that’s where that idea came from.”  H

e concluded by saying that the song came together in a surprisingly short amount of time.

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