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Travis Tritt: “I’m No Mariah Carey”

Travis Tritt may possess one of the most powerful, unique voices in country music, but don’t bother trying to tell him that. What the Georgia native will admit he does have going for him is versatility.

“I can play just about any position on the field,” Tritt recently told the Foster’s Daily Democrat. “In my opinion, I’m not a home-run hitter. I’m not the kind of person I think who people say ‘He’s the greatest singer I’ve ever heard.’ I don’t have that kind of voice. That belonged to Ray Charles or a Mariah Carey, those kinds of people. I’m not someone considered the most prolific songwriter on the face of the planet like a Bob Dylan.”

Travis Tritt’s debut album ‘Country Club,’ was one of the most successful of 1989, and earned him membership in another elite club — the fabled “Class of ’89,” along with Garth Brooks and Clint Black who also released their first albums that year. To date, Tritt has sold more than 14 million albums, and with his music has explored styles as diverse as traditional country, R&B, and southern rock.

“Versatility is what keeps me being able to be a country singer … and being able to feel just as comfortable doing a duet with a David Lee Roth or George Jones,” he said.

Travis is gearing up for a tour reuniting him with one of his duet partners: Marty Stuart. The pair embarked on the ‘No Hats’ tour in the early ’90s, and won a 1992 Grammy for their hit, ‘The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,’ plus a CMA Award for ‘This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time).’ This time, they’re serving up acoustic versions of their many hits together and individually. The tour kicks off in Madison, Wisc., on September 20, with several dates scheduled through the fall.

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