I never really understood why record labels drop artists who I think are doing well. Recently, Bucky Covington and Jason Michael Carroll found themselves looking for a new label. And there have been plenty more over the past few years. I know that sometimes the label closes its doors, and then their artists find themselves out knocking on new doors. And I know sometimes the labels get sold, and I’m sure sometimes they just want to shorten their artist list and put all the attention on the ones that are doing best.
Travis Tritt recently told Billboard that he plans to open his own label, and when he does, he will put out his follow-up album to ‘The Storm,” which was released back in 2007. He also said that unlike Toby Keith’s Show Dog Nashville, this new label will be just for him. He does not plan on signing any other artists.
The new label doesn’t have a name yet, though Travis said he’s leaning toward calling it Post Oak Publishing. “It’s in the process,” Travis said. “We’re working on putting together investors to be a part of it. We’re getting very, very close to getting it off the ground.”
I’ve been listening to Travis Tritt for as long as he’s been singing – we’ll, for as long as he’s been singing professionally. I like songs like “Just Too Tired to Fight It”, and love “Best of Intentions”. When I think of Travis, songs like “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive,” and “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)”. But I probably have 20 or 30 more songs that I would consider “favorites” when it comes to Travis Tritt music. Devil Went Down to Georgia with Johnny Cash, and Double Trouble with Marty Stuart just to mention two.
If there are a lot of people out there who would like to be a part of the creative end of the new label, travis says he pretty much plans to keep that at a minimum …. “It’s strictly going to be me," he states. "I feel like I’ve got enough experience over the years. I know what it takes to put a record together, so I’m not looking for people to come in and shape it."
I’m already looking forward to the new album. Travis said he has been talking with James Otto and Roy Parnell about collaborating on some songs for the project. "In the meantime, I’ve been writing on my own," he reports. "It’s like Roger Miller used to say, ‘Every now and then, like a dog having puppies, you have to crawl under the house and do it yourself.’"
I have to get myself moving here – you guys have a fantastic Friday – and a really great holiday weekend! I’ll talk to you soon! If you get a minute during what I am sure will be a really busy weekend , drop me a line… I always look forward to hearing from each of you.