Country music artist Travis Tritt is a legend of his own. Since the late 80s, Tritt was making music and gaining attention from country’s biggest producers. However, it was in 1990 when he released his debut album “Country Club.” The record launched Tritt into a 30-year successful career – one he’s still pressing forward in today. In a recent interview, the legend discusses his own influences as well as the five albums he’d bring with him if he were stranded on a deserted island.
Unsurprisingly, his list is a collection we could all get behind. From Johnny Cash to Merle Haggard, Tritt’s picks aren’t really shocking. But the backstory to why he chose each one makes a lot of sense to us.
“When he made his debut – George Jones Greatest Hits would be number one. I loved everything about him…the songs he chose were monumental,” Tritt said.
He described how a lot of the albums he chose would be a collection of “greatest hits” becuase it’s just too hard to pick one album.
“Same thing with Waylon Jennings. I just loved everything that Waylon did. Same thing with Merle Haggard. When they put out a box set – I can’t wait to get out and listen to it. There’s so many great songs. Merle Haggard was one of those guys, he was just ultimate…I loved everything that he ever did – listened to him when I was just a kid.”
Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels
Another influence Tritt says really made an impact was “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” singer Charlie Daniels.
“Charlie Daniels was another one that’s very tough for me to pick, too, because his greatest hits album is absolutely fantastic. Especially the ‘Fire on the Mountain’ album. A lot of these guys became really good friends and guys I got to work with a lot of them. [Daniels] was the first guy that ever took me under his wing when he didn’t have to. He was like a father figure, a confidant, a mentor. Most everything that I know about the business side I learned from Mr. Charlie Daniels.”
Travis Tritt said when he learned of Daniels’ passing he was so sad, but so grateful that he got a chance to learn so much from the man.
In addition to the previously mentioned legends, Tritt couldn’t leave out Johnny Cash.
“Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison. That was one of those that jumped at me first time I ever heard it. Something about live albums that – when done right – it creates an excitement. Think about how much those songs influenced you.”
Tritt says there are so many more artists that could go on that list but those five definitely influenced his own career.