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Travis Tritt welcomes his Country Club members to the Theater at Westbury in Westbury, NY

Travis Tritt welcomes his Country Club members to the Theater at Westbury in Westbury, NY

The last time Travis Tritt paid a visit to his Long Island Country Club fans was back in 2012, so the torrential rains and thunderstorms that dowsed the Island on April 6 were not going to keep his fans from coming to see him that evening. By the time the doors were set to open at the NYCB Theater at Westbury in Westbury, NY, blue skies appeared and little by little, people started lining up outside the theater eager to see the show.

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Fan entered the venue as the friendly staff made them aware that there was no opening act this evening and Mr. Tritt would play a two-hour set with no intermission. This excited his fans as they mingled in the lobby, had a drink or two and talked with other attendees about shows they have seen of his in the past.

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As everyone took their seats, the lights slowly dimmed while an announcement over the PA system, narrated by Larry The Cable Guy, asked the audience not to throw quarters during the performance tonight, but in the funny fashion that only Larry could convey; he did say it was okay to throw paper money, and said he wanted everyone to have a good time. And a good time they were ready for as the stage lights lit and the band took the stage, soon followed by Tritt himself and a roar of cheering erupted.

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Rocking from the very start, everyone was bopping along to the beat. After the first few songs Tritt welcomed the audience and thanked them for coming out to see him and guaranteed them all they would have a good time, which by the look and sound of it they already were. They had played for them, “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” “The Whisky Ain’t Workin’,” “Ten Foot Tall and Bulletproof,” and even a cover of the Eagle’s song “Take It Easy.”

Then it was time to take it down in tempo; the band left the stage and Tritt was given a chair to sit on as he played the next few songs with his acoustic guitar. One of those songs was a tribute to Merle Haggard, who had passed away exactly one year ago the day of the show. He paid tribute with a song written by Vince Gill, “Lost In A World Without Haggard.” Tt was very touching, but soon after he brought the spirits back up high with his classic song “Anymore.”

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The band, now back on stage with Tritt, had the tempo back in high gear. Fans were up at their seats dancing and singing along to songs such as, “Southbound Train,” “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” as well as classic chart topping hits “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)” and “Country Club.” Tritt informed fans after the song “Country Club,” where he let them sing one of the choruses alone, “You are all certified Travis Tritt Country Club members now!” After which there were deafening cheers of gratitude from his fans.

As Tritt promised early on in the show, everyone clearly had a great time. Tritt put on a fabulous show, he was full of energy, his vocals were as warm and inviting as ever, and his guitar playing was superb. Tritt was joined by a group of well-seasoned musicians who complimented his southern rock/country influences perfectly. He was fun and very interactive with his fans. As an aggressively touring musician, he lives the road and will be making his way all around the United States and Canada during this year so be sure not to miss one of his shows.

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See full gallery of the night

Catch this tour:

Date Venue Location Tickets
APR 15 Fredricks Outdoor Decatur, AL TICKETS
APR 21 Peppermill Concert Hall West Wendover, NV TICKETS
APR 22 Sky Ute Casino Resort Ignacio, CO
APR 23 Lincoln Center Fort Collins, CO TICKETS
APR 26 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO TICKETS
APR 28 Las Cruces Country Music Festival Las Cruces, NM TICKETS
APR 29 Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale, AZ TICKETS
APR 30 STAGECOACH Music Festival Empire Polo Club Indio, CA TICKETS
MAY 11 Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Winston-Salem, NC TICKETS
MAY 12 The Event Center at Hollywood Casino Charles Town, WV TICKETS
MAY 13 The Arena at Southeastern KY Agricultural and Expo Complex Corbin, KY TICKETS
MAY 18 Molson Canadian Centre at Casino NB Moncton, NB TICKETS
MAY 19 Rath East Link Community Center Truro, Canada TICKETS
MAY 20 Credit Union Place Summerside, Canada TICKETS
MAY 21 Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME TICKETS
MAY 28 ELDORADO SCIOTO DOWNS Columbus, OH TICKETS
JUN 02 Ameristar Casino and Hotel Kansas City, MO TICKETS
JUN 03 Billy Bob’s Fort Worth, TX TICKETS
JUN 10 Norfolk Harborfest Norfolk, VA TICKETS
JUN 22 State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ TICKETS
JUL 22 Magic Springs Water and Theme park Hot Springs, AR
JUL 29 Great Texas Balloon Race Longview, TX
AUG 03 Vetter Stone Amphitheater Mankato, MN TICKETS
AUG 05 Wild Rose Casino & Resort Jefferson, IA
AUG 07 Full Throttle Saloon Sturgis, SD
AUG 12 Back Road Music Festival Galva, IL TICKETS
AUG 26 UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena Milwaukee, WI TICKETS
AUG 27 Freedom Hall Louisville, KY TICKETS
SEP 22 Amesbury Harvest Fair & Country Music Festival Amesbury, MA TICKETS
SEP 29 Honeywell Center Wabash, IN TICKETS
SEP 30 Family Arena St Charles, MO TICKETS
NOV 03 Arena Theatre Houston, TX
NOV 14 Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR

Diane Woodcheke has had her eye on a camera viewfinder since she was very young. She specializes in Fine Art, Event and Concert Photography. She is also a writer of concert and album reviews, as well as contributing to blogs. For more information please visit her website at www.dwoodcheke.com

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