Country star Travis Tritt is keeping the focus on his fans as epic crowds turn out for his summertime shows.
In fact, on Friday, Tritt took to social media to thank his fans. He also expressed how humbled he is by their continued support.
“Great time in Mt. Morris, Michigan!” Tritt tweeted Friday. “After more than 30 years in the music industry, I’m incredibly humbled and honored by the fact that so many multiple thousands of people still show up for every performance I give. My fans have given me so much and I’m truly grateful!”
Travis Tritt Is Having a Patriotic Summer
By all appearances, Tritt has been enjoying his summer. He’s been dividing his weeks between playing shows as venues open back up and spending time with his family. On the 4th of July, Tritt posted a video to Instagram of a dazzling fireworks display and added, “God bless America!”
Tritt also shared a photo of his backyard pool. It revealed house decorations of red, white and blue in honor of the holiday. “Our house is all decked out in red, white and blue!” Tritt posted at the time.
Tritt has honored the sacrifices of veterans in his music. And he has often celebrated the U.S. military’s role in defending freedoms in his public statements and appearances, most recently in a Twitter statement on the situation in Afghanistan.
Tritt Speaks Out About Mandates
Meanwhile, in a statement last week, Travis Tritt spoke out against requirements that concertgoers or employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, Taste of Country reports.
“In light of recently announced policies and mandates from some entertainment companies, promoters, and local municipalities which would discriminate against specific concert attendees who are not vaccinated, I feel compelled to make a statement,” Tritt said. “I have always been a huge defender of basic human rights and liberty for all. No government, employer, or private entity should ever be allowed to infringe on those rights and liberties.”
Live Nation, the largest concert promotion company in the world, is requiring either proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of an event. AEG Presents, its only major competitor, is requiring full vaccination for both concertgoers and employees.
“Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of Oct. 4, we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the U.S.,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement.
Those policies apply only where state and city governments allow mandates. However, Tritt appears to be concerned they are taking hold across the country. He quoted the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in urging his fans to stand up against that perceived injustice.
After earlier variants of the virus waned, in recent weeks, the delta variant of COVID-19 has driven up case counts and hospitalizations across the country. A recent study of unvaccinated people in the UK found that people who get the delta variant have twice the risk of hospitalization as those who got the alpha variant. Delta is at least 50% more infectious than earlier strains of the virus.