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Who: Travis Tritt at Texas Music Theater

When: Friday, April 12. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Where: 120 E San Antonio Street, San Marcos

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by HAP MANSFIELD

They’re called vi-ay-nah sausages in Georgia and they have as little to do with the original city of music, Vienna, as the sausage they are supposed to taste like.

They are a relatively inexpensive source of protein, however, as Travis Tritt can attest. Before becoming a country music superstar, Tritt ate an awful lot of them as he struggled to make ends meet (or meat, if you will) working as a musician.

“I would go to the grocery store once a week and buy canned Vienna sausage, a head of lettuce a jar of mayonnaise, a loaf of bread and two or three cans of soup. … It’s all I could afford,” Tritt told the Associated Press. He was trying to make a living as a singer, playing a variety of American Legion halls, fairs and the like, after giving up his job managing a heating/air conditioning company in his home town, Marietta, Georgia.

Tritt plays Texas Music Theater on Friday, April 12.

Tritt has come a long way since those lean days in Georgia, garnering a variety of prestigious music industry awards including Billboard’s 1990 Top New Male Artist, the Country Music Association’s (CMA) Horizon Award in 1991, two Grammy Awards, and two CMA Vocal Event of the Year awards. Tritt has had seven Billboard number one singles and, of his forty singles, only one has failed to chart on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.

As a songwriter, Tritt has excelled, using his life to inform his words. In fact, his mega-hit “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares” was written the night he received his divorce papers from his second marriage. “I tend to write things that are so about my life, things that I’m experiencing, things that I’m going through,” Tritt told Big Bang writer Jim Bessman. ” And chances are very good that if you’re hearing a song that I’ve done on the radio that I’ve written, it’s usually a song that talks about something that I’m either going through at that particular time or have been through in my life.”

The times in his life have gotten considerably better. In fact, Tritt’s debut album, “Country Club” went double platinum and his sophomore effort “It’s All about to Change” is certified triple platinum (i.e. more than three million units sold).  Each of his eleven studio  albums has charted in the top 100. And this isn’t event counting guest performances on top singles with Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless and Charlie Daniels.

His legions of fans await a new release but, outside of a greatest hits compilation, Tritt has not recorded one since 2007’s “The Storm”. That album, produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, included a number of covers, including Richard Marx’s “You Never Take Me Dancing”, Hank Williams Jr.’s “The Pressure is On”, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s, “Somehow, Somewhere, Someday.” The aptly named album created a bit controversy with Tritt’s almost Elvis-like devotion to a soulful mix of rock and country.

Recently, Tritt sang the national anthem to a packed house at the 2013 NCAA Men’s National Championship game between Louisville and Michigan. Tritt will also sing at the famous Hot Springs Arkansas Legends Balloon Rally on September 27 of this year.

Even more impressive, Tritt was asked to play at country music legend George Jones’ final Nashville concert this year at Bridgestone Arena. The lineup is, not surprisingly, a who’s who of country music. Tritt will share the stage with Alan Jackson, Pam Tillis, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Dierks Bently, Mark Chestnut and many more. The concert has already sold out.

His current tour has been enchanting audiences with Tritt’s solo acoustic work and stripped down versions of his hits. Tritt has been stepping up to more concerts and appearances  this year but, as LL Cool J so succinctly put it, “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.”

With all his talent, Tritt will continue entertaining audiences for years to come.

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