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My Honky Tonk History
Travis Tritt
My Honky Tonk History
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

By enduring in a Nashville that offers, at best, fame that no longer lasts decades but years (and in some cases, months), Travis Tritt has beaten the odds, refusing to play Music Row's change-with-the fads game. Musically,...  more »


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All Artists: Travis Tritt
Title: My Honky Tonk History
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Release Date: 8/17/2004
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Outlaw Country, Today's Country, Neotraditional, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 827969208427, 9399700119701

By enduring in a Nashville that offers, at best, fame that no longer lasts decades but years (and in some cases, months), Travis Tritt has beaten the odds, refusing to play Music Row's change-with-the fads game. Musically, he remains committed to the Southern rock-based vision that's characterized him from the start and proves it on the title song, every barroom musician's shout of pride. "Monkey Around" has a classic R&B/boogie feel that shows Tritt at his rocking finest. "The Girl's Gone Wild," a play on the popular video series, reflects the here and now, and "Too Far to Turn Around," co-written by Gretchen Wilson, establishes a stylistic link between veteran and newcomer. "What Say You," a duet with John Mellencamp, celebrates brotherhood--minus the wimpiness that can undermine such numbers. Nowhere, however, is Tritt more real than on the epic "Circus Leaving Town," the kind of broad, powerful ballad George Jones turned into an art form. Tritt had his first hit in 1989, and to retain the power he had then, as he does here, is a singular achievement. --Rich Kienzle

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Southern Country Rock
Virginia J. Pierce | Leesburg, FL United States | 09/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Travis has one of the best voices in Country Music. Unfortunately, country has gone pop. This record returns to Travis' southern rock roots. There is a little too much let's drink and party on the record but it is such a pleasure to hear him I have to overlook that. The only thing missing from this record is a duet with his old pal Marty Stuart. I would love to hear them together again. Travis is best when doing bluesy ballads and hard southern rock. I'm so sick of pop country that anything from Travis is greatly welcome."
Amazing! Tritt does it Again!
Skynyrd Fan | 08/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a huge fan of Tritt's since he came out, and he is my favorite country singer, so when I heard that he had a new cd coming out, you knew I'd be there in line to buy it. Well, I did, and it didn't disappoint. He starts off with a hard rocking "Honky-Tonk History", and just takes off from there. My favorite track is "It's all about the money" which tells of true experiences from people cheating insurance companies to get money, and lying politcians just trying to get our vote.

But "I See Me" is a whole lot like "If I Lost You", except he isn't writing it about a vet's daughter who lost her mom, he's writing it about his son. It brings great memories to your eyes. Thinking about the past when you went to church and didn't listen to the priest.

"The Girls Gone Wild" is placed perfectly in Track 3. It's before he starts his ballad's, before "It's All About..." comes back in. (And that video...meowrrrrr...).

I'm not one of those reviewers who rate each song, because honestly and personally I think thats freaking annoying. I don't care what you rate the song, let me here it for myself without any preconcieved notions on it. I let you decide on getting this cd here, I'll highly reccomended it, but I don't rate things.....

Tritt is an artist who's true to himself, and true to his country and true to his family. He shows this in "What Say You" (feat. John Mellencamp). I usually don't like Mellencamp, because him, like John Mayer, I can't stand his voice. But it works with this song.

Gretchen Wilson wrote the second track on this cd, and Tritt gets help from ol' friend Marty Stuart on Track 9.

This cd is better than "Strong Enough" but doesn't sniff "Down the Road I Go," which has "Best of Intentions" (my personal fav. Tritt song on it). Tritt's version of "Can't Tell Me Nothin' " was copied by Tim McGraw, but Tritt's version destroys McGraw's version. Tritt has so much of a better voice than McGraw does, especially in certain songs.

Oh, and he doesn't dress up like a "pretty-boy" like McGraw does. I'm not saying I don't like McGraw, quite the opposite, I do, but Tritt is just one of the greatest of all time, and this cd shows that HE'S HERE TO STAY"
Honky tonk through and through!
DanD | 12/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The album opens with a light, popish piano riff...and then a shotgun blast and screaming electric guitars, and the unforgettable line: "Played a Telecaster/Til my fingers bled Bud Lite". If that ain't honky tonk, I don't know what is.

Travis Tritt is a modern-day outlaw. Though this album doesn't at all showcase his superb songwriting skills, it does highlight is voice and rebellious attitude. The rhythms, the lyrics, the style--it's all here, for your listening pleasure.

While there's a lot of fun and games on this album, it does get serious in spots. The song "We've Had It All" (written by Tritt and friend and frequent collaborator Marty Stuart) is genuinely romantic, while the powerful "Circus Leaving Town" harks back to the days of George Jones and Conway Twitty. "I See Me" is a tender, surprisingly un-cliched look at fatherhood, and "What Say You," the hit duet with John Mellencamp, not only preaches political noncomfority and acceptance, but puts a staunch Democrat and a staunch Republican in the same recording booth. I see a message there, somewhere.

MY HONKY TONK HISTORY is a stellar effort from Travis Tritt. Always an over-the-top performer, with a combination of rebellious attitude and genuine sensitivity, Tritt has managed to make yet another memorable album. Hopefully, this one will reinvigorate his career, and keep him going for many more years. Lord knows, he has the talent."