Travis Tritt will take Heritage Fair stage on Sunday
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:37

Country star to headline final night’s lineup

by Ben Boehl

    Mark your calendars —Travis Tritt is coming to Dundalk. The country star will be arriving in town on Sunday at 8 p.m. for a concert at the Heritage Fair.
    The Georgia native is known for being one of his genre’s top performers of the 1990s, with three songs that went to number one on the country charts.
    Tritt is best known for  hits like “Trouble,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “Anymore.”
    Bob Fogle Sr., entertainment chair and vice president of the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association, told The Eagle in March that he was happy to introduce a high-profile country act, which he said was a change from the rock bands that had dominated the headliners in recent years.
    “I’ve been having all the rock-and-roll ... I just thought it’s time to give the people a good country act,” he explained on why the fair sought Tritt.
    According to his website, Tritt made his debut in 1990 with his song “Country Club.” His next two singles — “Help Me Hold On” and “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” — hit number one and two, respectively, in 1990.
    His second album, It’s All About to Change, went into multi-platinum territory in 1991.
    Tritt’s third album was released in 1992 and was called T-r-o-u-b-l-e. “Can I Trust You With My Heart,” was the number one single on that album.
    Tritt continued to rise in the 1990s during the same time that Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson also were near the top of the charts.
  

Tritt distinguished himself from many of the country stars of the 90s, by not wearing a cowboy hat. Tritt went on to win two Grammys and three Country Music Awards.
    Local country singer Dean Crawford of Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band (which will perform at the fair on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.) said that Tritt’s music “makes you feel it when he sings” and added that he believes today’s country scene is lacking voices like Tritt’s.
    “Travis Tritt came along at a time in the early ‘90s when the country music night club scene was very hot. I quickly fell in love with his whiskey-laced vocals and his high-energy music and shows,” Crawford said.
    “He is a major talent [who] has had many hits, and he helped pave the way for many of todays country rockers.”
    Tritt has been busy performing at sporting events in Atlanta, including the 1996 Olympic Games, two Super Bowls, a World Series game, the opening of the Georgia Dome and the final Braves baseball game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. He also performed at the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 2013.
    Tritt will take to the Shipway Stage around 8 p.m. to close out the fair.
    Even though the locally-popular group Crack the Sky had to cancel its planned appearance at the fair, Dundalk Heritage Fair Association president Joe Falbo said Tritt is still the headliner of the entire weekend.
    “We are hoping Sunday to be a big turnout for Travis Tritt,” Falbo said.