Tritt Reveals 'Honky Tonk History'
Travis Tritt has wrapped work on his next studio album, "My Honky Tonk History," due Aug. 17 via Columbia.Travis Tritt has wrapped work on his next studio album, "My Honky Tonk History," due Aug. 17 via Columbia. As tipped here in April, the 12-track album is led by the single "The Girl's Gone Wild," which reached No. 31 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart last month.
"History" marks the fourth time in a row Tritt has co-produced an album with Billy Joe Walker Jr. Several guests appear on the set, including John Mellencamp and labelmate Gretchen Wilson. The latter co-wrote and sings backing vocals on album track "Gone to Far To Turn Around."
Tritt told Billboard the album is "a throwback to the more rocking side of what I've done throughout my career. There are some very straight-ahead country ballads, but more of the 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E' and 'Put Some Drive in Your Country' kind of songs than I've ever had on one [project.] It's a real summertime album."
"My Honky Tonk History" is the follow-up to 2002's "Strong Enough," which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 27 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 224,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The artist will hit the road beginning Friday (July 23) in Portsmouth, Va., and has dates on tap through Dec. 4 in Jacksonville, Fla. Among the stops is Aug. 5 at the first of the three-day WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn., which will also feature Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry and George Strait, among others.