Travis Tritt Mourns Death of Country Singer-Songwriter K.T. Oslin

by Joe Rutland
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Travis Tritt expressed his sadness upon hearing the news that country singer-songwriter K.T. Oslin had died on Monday.

Tritt went on Twitter and offered his condolences, mentioning that he hosted the Music City News Awards show with her and Vince Gill.

Oslin, a triple Grammy Award winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member, died early Monday morning, Dec. 21.

Since 2016, Oslin has lived in an assisted-living facility after a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.

Oslin grew to prominence later in life, becoming an inspiration to people everywhere. She didn’t earn her big break in Nashville until she was in her 40s. But when she was 45, she recorded the sensation “80’s Ladies” in 1987. For that song, Oslin became the first female songwriter to win the CMA Song of the Year Award.

She followed up that success with the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award a year later. She also won three Grammy Awards, four ACM trophies, and made it into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Back in 1988, Oslin was one of those fresh modern country voices along with Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell. They were mixed in with traditional country voices like Merle Haggard and Vern Gosdin.

For their part, The Judds, George Strait, and Randy Travis brought a return to the traditional roots sounds of country music back into the fold.

Travis Tritt Played Role In The Eagles Reuniting

One of the highlights in Travis Tritt’s career is playing a role, albeit indirectly, to legendary rock band The Eagles getting back together after a messy public break-up.

Back in 1993, even with Don Henley and the late Glenn Frey enjoying solo success, The Eagles former manager Irving Azoff produced a tribute album with country voices like Gill, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, and others. The album was called “Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles” and featured Travis Tritt singing his version of “Take It Easy.”

He said he would not record a music video for the song without the band itself.

“The only way I’m going to do a video is if we get the Eagles back together,” Travis Tritt told Ultimate Classic Rock. “Everybody kind of chuckled and got a big kick out of it, because nobody thought it could happen.”

Guess what? It did happen. The band agreed to reunite after years apart. They did not sing, but getting together led them to do an MTV special in 1994 and record a new album. Therefore, Travis Tritt did help this legendary band get back into the studio.

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