Travis Tritt – The Calm After

A few years ago, Travis Tritt released a CD titled The Storm. Though it was one of his finest and most musically diverse works, the masses really didn’t get a chance to hear it. The label was embroiled in a legal battle, and the disc pretty much disappeared from view. Here we are a few years later, and Tritt has acquired the rights to the music, choosing to release it on his brand new Post Oak label.

What set the original album apart was how drenched in the Blues it was – not surprising, as it was co-produced by “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. It showcased some of Tritt’s best vocals of his career – from the romantic balladry of  “(I Wanna ) Feel Too Much” to the weary tone of “Something Stronger Than Me” to the pomp and swagger or “You Never Take Me Dancing,” where he shows his soulful groove about as well as he has ever done. There was also some traditional sounds on the disc that hearken back to his southern rock roots, like his cover of Hank Jr’s “The Pressure Is On.” Simply put, it’s music that deserves to be heard – and it doesn’t sound dated in any way.

There are a pair of new tracks on the disc that fans will no doubt be familiar with. First, there’s a scorching take on the Faces classic “Stay With Me.” Tritt simply kills the rock classic with a vocal that is long on bravado and confidence. Then, there’s the cover of “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” a 1992 hit for Patti Smyth and Don Henley. Tritt’s vocal is soaring and impressive, as you would expect it to be, but also shining bright on the classic is his daughter, Tyler Reese – who sounds a lot more mature than her years. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of her. At the same time, I hope her father doesn’t make it too long between albums. We need Travis Tritt around. This disc is a sterling reminder why!

– ChuckDauphin (MusicNewsNashville.com)

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