Travis Tritt & Gretchen Wilson Ready a Musical First

Live Jacksonville Collaboration Precedes Tritt/Mellencamp On Tonight Show

Dec 02, 2004, 00:00 ET from Sony Music

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Country singer/songwriter,
 musician and entertainer Travis Tritt shares the bill with rising star
 Gretchen Wilson this weekend, but the collaborative ties between the two
 artists go deeper than being booked for the same Jacksonville, FL concert.
     Wilson will be joining Travis on stage during his set for a performance of
 the song "Too Far To Turn Around" from Tritt's acclaimed My Honky Tonk History
 album. The recording of the song, which Wilson actually co-wrote, features
 country's "Redneck Woman" on backing vocals. The Saturday, Dec. 4 concert at
 Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park marks the first time Tritt and Wilson have
 performed together live.
     When Tritt chose the song for his album, he had no idea Wilson was one of
 the writers. "After we decided to cut it somebody sent along a demo with
 Gretchen singing, and it had all those high, wailing parts," he explains.
 "This wasn't too long after she got signed, and we called her to come in and
 sing. She just nailed it. I love her performance, I love the haunting melody
 and I love the lyric."
     As chance would have it, the two entertainers are also performing the
 following day in Miami. Tritt will be singing at halftime of the NFL game
 between the Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills, with Wilson slated to sing at the
 pre-game tailgate party.
     And Travis won't have to wait long for his next high-profile musical
 collaboration, as he and John Mellencamp perform their duet "What Say You" on
 the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Also from Tritt's current
 album, the song received widespread notoriety for its patriotic and tolerant
 celebration of American democracy during the divisive election season.

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