I’ve been spending the past few days listening to the new Travis Tritt album, “A Man and His Guitar: Live from the Franklin Theater”. I can now say that anyone who has been to an acoustic show, and walked away disappointed did not have Travis Tritt on stage that night. Travis is one of the few entertainers I can name who has no problem leaving the rest of the band at home, without losing his ability to produce some great music and thoroughly entertain the listener.
From songs Travis recorded to songs recorded by other artists, to the few songs some of us may have never heard before, this two-disc CD is real country music from start to finish. Songs that Travis made famous fill many of the 24 positions on the album. I really enjoyed hearing “Here’s a Quarter,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” and “Best of Intentions” done by Travis and his guitar. If you ever had an album with a song or two you wanted to skip over every time they came up, you won’t find that here. Every song is just as the one before it.
James Otto joined Travis on “Lord have Mercy on the Working Man,” and, Marty Stuart added his vocals to “Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,” When I heard how great these two duets were, I wanted to hear more. I know Travis is a solo artist. I’ve been listening to his music for a little more than 25 years. But, I really think, somewhere down the road, a duets album from Travis would be totally cool.
The fact that this is a recording from a live performance means you get more than the music. You get to hear Travis talk to his audience a little, and as anyone who has ever been to a live concert can tell you, a show isn’t just music. A show is that conversation with the audience, always with a little humor tossed in. The album is what the show was. The album is the show, and country fans are going to experience that for themselves when they listen to this.
With more than 25 million albums sold, seven of them certified platinum or higher; many hit singles, two Grammys, three CMAs, and a huge fan base, this new album is going to do nothing but add to that list of achievements for Travis. I had the pleasure of seeing Travis on stage this past summer. At the end of that show, we all wanted to start making plans to see him again. He is that kind of performer, with that kind of music, doing that kind of show. This album gives you more than his music. It gives you his show! [August show review here]
Here is the album cover and track list.
1. “It’s All About The Money” (Donny Kees, Jody Harris)
2. “Where Corn Don’t Grow” (Mark Alan Springer, Roger Murrah)
3. “The Pressure Is On” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
4. “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” (Jill Colucci, Stewart Harris)
5. “Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man” [with James Otto] (Kostas)
6. “Country Club” (Catesby Jones, Dennis Lord)
7. “Country Ain’t Country” (Carson Chamberlain, Casey Beatherd, Teresa Boaz)
8. “500 Miles Away From Home” (Bobby Bare, Charles Williams, Hedy West)
9. “Here’s A Quarter” (Travis Tritt)
10. “Best of Intentions” (Travis Tritt)
11. “Drift Off To Dream” (Travis Tritt, Stewart Harris)
12. “Help Me Hold On” (Travis Tritt, Pat Terry)
1. “Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” [with Marty Stuart] (Ronny Scaife, Marty Stuart)
2. “Pickin’ At It” [with Marty Stuart] (Travis Tritt)
3. “Come And Go Blues” (Gregg Allman)
4. “Anymore” (Travis Tritt, Jill Colucci)
5. “I Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash)
6. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” (Waylon Jennings)
7. “A Long Time Ago” (Waylon Jennings, Shel Silverstein)
8. “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grown Up To Be Cowboys” (Patsy Bruce, Ed Bruce)
9. “Lone Wolf” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
10. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” (Darrell Scott)
11. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” (Jerry Chestnut)
12. “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” (Walt Aldridge, James LeBlanc)
A Man and His Guitar: Live from the Franklin Theater will be available Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), you can order it on iTunes now. Visit Travis’ website to find out where you can find him on tour, and to keep up with all the latest news. Check out his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” that while you are there. Can’t get enough of this great music, then head over to YouTube and have a look and listen to some of those great videos. Make the most of social media, and follow Travis on Twitter @Travistritt. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.https://www.countryschatter.com/2016/11/travis-tritt-new-album-a-man-and-his-guitar-live-from-the-franklin-theater-available-nov-18-2016/New ReleasesReviewA Man and His Guitar-Live From the Franklin Theater,Best of Intentions,itunes,James Otto,Marty Stuart,The Whiskey Ain't Workin',Travis Tritt,Twitter