Twenty years after releasing his first album -- the double-platinum, reputation-staking "Country Club" -- Travis Tritt plans to take his recording career into his own hands.
The Georgia-based country star tells Billboard.com that before he releases his follow-up to 2007's "The Storm" he plans to open his own label -- though unlike something like Toby Keith's Show Dog Nashville, Tritt says that "it's strictly for me to release my music on. We're not looking to sign other (artists)."
Tritt says that he's "in the process" of starting the imprint and is "working on putting together investors to be a part of it. We're getting very, very close to getting it off the ground." He doesn't have a name for the company yet, although he notes that "it'll probably go along the lines of my publishing company, Post Oak Publishing."
"It's strictly gonna be me -- I don't have any partners whatsoever on the creative end, just from a financial standpoint," Tritt explains. "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." Tritt plans to start working on a new album in earnest once the label is off the ground but says that he's "always on the lookout for material" and has been talking to James Otto and Leroy Parnell about doing some songwriting with him.
"In the meantime," Tritt adds, "I've been writing on my own. 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."
Tritt has an assortment of concert dates booked throughout the summer, and he's also allowing himself a bit of time to reflect on the two decades since "Country Club" -- and particularly the heady time he experienced when that album came out.
"In some ways it seems like 20 minutes, in some ways it seems like forever," Tritt notes. "I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to have the career I've had. In many ways it seems like it was just yesterday that we started, and then when I think about all the time we spent playing those bars and clubs and bowling alleys and beer joints across the country before we ever got a record deal, it seems like forever. It was all worth it, though, in the end. I wouldn't trade a minute of it, not one."