Travis Tritt brings large crowd to Penn's Peak
Angela Petro/TIMES NEWS Country singer Travis Tritt performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Travis Tritt brought his distinct country southern rock sound to a packed house on Friday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
"I hope you left your troubles behind," Tritt said to the crowd. "I came here to party. I want you to sing along, dance, scream, and holler."
That is just what the audience did as Tritt performed songs ranging the span of his twenty plus year career.
The opening song "Put Some Drive in Your Country" set the theme for the night. He sang most of his hits and also performed a few cover songs honoring the old outlaw sound.
Backed by a six piece band, Tritt's soulful voice combined with traditional country instrumentation created a show filled with sounds of country, rock, and blues.
Early favorites of the night included "I'm Gonna Be Somebody," from his 1990 "Country Club" debut album, and "Where Corn Don't Grow," a song originally recorded by Waylon Jennings but covered by Tritt on "The Restless Kind" album in 1996.
Tritt later put down his guitar to perform "Rub Off On Me" from his most recent album, 2007's "The Storm", allowing him to work the stage and encourage the audience to dance along.
The acoustic portion of the evening was a highlight for many. "Foolish Pride," "Anymore," and "Best of Intentions" all received great response from the crowd and showed Tritt's fantastic skill in performing ballads.
Tritt honored the Charlie Daniels Band with a performance of "Long Haired Country Boy," followed by an instrumental performance for which he gave great credit to his friend Marty Stuart for inspiring him to write it.
The full band came back out and kept the energy high for the remainder of the evening.
"Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" and "Southbound Train" were great crowd pleasers, but it was "Country Club," the song that got it all started for Tritt, and his hit "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," that had the place roaring.
The clear favorite of the night was "It's A Great Day to Be Alive." With recent news dominated by high gas prices and tragic weather disasters, country fans can find some hope in the message of the song:
"There's some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can't every day be just this good."
The song certainly resonated with Friday's audience. Although everyone has their struggles, the song encourages listeners to enjoy the simple things in life and to be thankful for what they do have.
Tritt kept the audience thrilled until the very end, honoring more of his outlaw heroes during the encore.
He came back onstage in a cowboy hat and performed six more songs, including the Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson hit "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Tritt had some fun trying to imitate Willie Nelson in the former.
Early in the night, Tritt had promised the audience that they would hear "a lot of music." Tritt delivered on his promise, closing out a two-plus hour set with "Homesick."