Country singer Travis Tritt brings his latest acoustic tour to the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 8 at noon at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office. Special guest Lyndsey Highlander will open the show.
Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early '90s, holding his own against Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. He was the only one not to wear a hat and the only one to dip into bluesy Southern rock. Consequently, he developed a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguished him from the pack. Throughout the early '90s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three #1 hits.
Tritt fell in love with music as a child, teaching himself how to play guitar when he was eight and beginning to write songs when he was 14. In 1982, Tritt began his pursuit of a music career by recording a demo tape at a private studio which was owned by Danny Davenport, who happened to be an executive at Warner Brothers. Davenport heard the vocalist's songs and was impressed, deciding to take Tritt under his wing. For the next several years, the pair recorded demo tapes while Tritt played the honky tonk circuit. The singer was developing a distinctive sound, adding elements of country-rock and Southern rock to his honky tonk.
Partway through in 1989, Warner Brothers' Nashville division signed Tritt, and his debut album, Country Club, appeared in the stores in the spring 1990. It was preceded by the Top Ten hit, Country Club. Upon the release of his debut album, Tritt entered the first ranks of new country singers. His next two singles, Help Me Hold On and I'm Gonna Be Somebody, hit #1 and #2 respectively. Put Some Drive in Your Country, which had a clear rock & roll influence, stalled at #4, since radio programmers were reluctant to feature such blatantly rock-derived music.
Tritt had a breakthrough success with his second album, 1991's It's All About to Change - went into multi-platinum territory. T-r-o-u-b-l-e, Tritt's third album, was released in 1992 and featured the #1 single, Can I Trust You With My Heart, and went gold. Tritt came back in 1994 with Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof, which went platinum, spawned the #1 single Foolish Pride, and marked his highest position, #20, on the pop charts. His 1995 compilation Greatest Hits: From the Beginning went platinum within six months of its release. Restless Kind was released in 1996, followed two years later by No More Looking Over My Shoulder and Down the Road I Go in fall 2000. Live in Concert appeared in 2007 from Big Bang while later that same year Category 5 released a new studio effort from Tritt called The Storm produced by the well known American Idol judge and musician Randy Jackson.
In 2011 Travis wrapped production on the film Fishers of Men in which he portrayed the character Eddie Waters. He is currently traveling the country on his solo-acoustic tour and giving audiences an intimate experience playing his songs, and telling stories in a rare and intimate experience.
Reserved tickets priced at $79.00 and $59.00 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm. The Capitol Theatre Ticket Office opens one hour prior to showtime.
Valet parking is now available for most performances at the historic Capitol Theatre. Parking is free on city streets after 6 pm every day. Coachman Park Parking Lots are always free and is just a short walk to the Capitol Theatre. For information on dining please visit www.ClevelandStreetDistrict.com.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921, this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark. The is the first such designation by the city. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.