BBMAs 2018

Strong Enough

Travis Tritt stormed onto the scene more than a decade ago as that rare soulful balladeer also capable of rebel-rousing Southern boogie.

Travis Tritt stormed onto the scene more than a decade ago as that rare soulful balladeer also capable of rebel-rousing Southern boogie. Over the years, he has added impressive songwriting chops to his bag of tricks, a talent well-evidenced on his second Columbia release, where he had a hand in writing nine of 12 tracks. "You Can't Count Me Out" is a bluesy acoustic uptempo, and Tritt takes total ownership of "Can't Tell Me Nothin'," a crisp, soaring ballad. Tritt revisits familiar but nonetheless effective romantic territory on "Strong Enough to Be Your Man" and "Now I've Seen It All," then waxes stone country on "Country Ain't Country." "Doesn't Anyone Hurt Anymore" could provide radio with desperately needed soul, and Tritt shows his mastery of boogie on the barroom rave-up "Time to Get Crazy." He reteams with runnin' buddy Marty Stuart on the pulsing "I Can't Seem to Get Over You." Enjoying a career resurgence of sorts, Tritt's latest should do well to further cement him as one of country's most formidable talents.—RW