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Silver Anniversary Snuck Up On Travis Tritt

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been 25 years since Travis Tritt “left my heating and air conditioning job and started doing music for a living — and haven’t looked back since.”

When he does look over his shoulder, however, the 45-yearold Georgia native sees a track record of more than 30 singles on the Billboard charts, five of which hit No. 1, a pair of platinum albums and two Grammy Awards.

And, Tritt says, he hasn’t gotten tired of it yet.

“I always said I hoped I could have more than just a flash-in-the-pan career,” Tritt notes. “I can’t really describe how it’s such a good feeling to be able to do something for this long — and it feels even better than 25 years ago.”

That’s saying something, because at this juncture Tritt finds himself embroiled in a $10 million lawsuit against Category 5 Records, which released his 2007 album “The Storm” and subsequently went belly up without paying him royalties.

Despite that, Tritt is looking forward — particularly to an acoustic tour with good friend Marty Stuart this fall that may lead them into co-producing Tritt’s album, as well as a TV special to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Tritt’s first album.

“I take a lot of comfort in the fact that labels will come, labels will go, the people you deal with will come and go,” Tritt says. “The fact is I haven’t forgotten how to sing, how to write, how to entertain people, and I’ve got a really good, established fan base ... and whenever I’m doing anything musically they show up and have for 25 years.

“So I don’t get too high on the highs and certainly don’t get too low on the lows. I just keep doing what I love and enjoying it.”

Travis Tritt and Keith Anderson perform at the WYCD Birthday Bash at 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 14) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

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