Travis Tritt's music continues to resonate with fans, even though many of his biggest hits are more than 20 years old.
The veteran country music singer and his six-member Country Club Band were at Affinity Place for a concert on March 27 that attracted nearly 1,000 people. Tritt performed numerous songs from his latest album, but it was the hits from the 1990s and the early 2000s that drew the biggest applause, and even had fans dancing in the arena's concourse.
“Some of the songs have been around for a few years, and I hope that you'll remember some of those,” Tritt said to wild applause.
“We're going to do some things that I hope you're going to like. And I hope that you're here tonight for the same reason that we are, because the only reason that we came up here tonight was so that we could party with y'all.”
Three of the first four songs were from early in his career. He opened the concert by playing Put Some Drive in your Country, his always popular I'm Going to be Somebody and the Grammy Award-winning The Whiskey Ain't Workin'.
He also mixed in some of his more recent songs, such as High Time for Getting' Down and Rub off on Me – two songs from his most recent album, The Calm After, which was released last July. And there were times in which he slowed the concert down, such as when he played Tell me I was Dreaming.
“This was a song that I wrote quite a few years ago, and it was a big hit for us, not only in the States, but also in Canada, and I hope that you still remember this one,” Tritt said of Tell me I was Dreaming.
But some of the biggest reactions were saved for two of his last songs. One was Country Club – the 1989 release that was his first No. 1 hit. And the crowd loved hearing It's a Great Day to be Alive. Both songs had fans singing along with Tritt throughout.
Tritt wrapped up the concert by playing one more big hit, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, before shifting to the encore, which featured Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde and other songs. He also shook hands with fans and high-fived spectators who crowded the front of the stage during his final songs.
He noted that his lead guitarist, Wendell Cox, has been with him since the start of his career, and his keyboarder, Jared Decker, has been in the Country Club band since early in Tritt's career.
Among the Tritt fans at the concert was Saskatchewan country music singer JJ Voss, who was the opening act for the night. Voss said he knows all of the words to the albums that Tritt released in the 1990s.
Voss played many of his own songs, including It's a Pride Thing, which he dedicated to working people – a statement that drew applause from the audience in Estevan. Among the other songs that Voss played during his 45-minute opening act were You Pull Away and I'm Playing for Keeps.