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Remember When Billy Ray Cyrus and Travis Tritt Had a Feud?

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In his 1994 book Ten Feet Tall and BulletproofTravis Tritt says his comments about Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Achy Breaky Heart” were blown out of proportion. He was just an honest man, answering a question honestly when he said the song was “frivolous” and “doesn’t really make much of a statement.” There was also a disparaging remark about an “a— wiggling contest” that made the “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” singer the villain of the summer in 1992.

Six months later at the 1993 American Music Awards, Cyrus clearly had not accepted Tritt’s apology. In accepting the award for Favorite Country Single he pounded the lectern and shouted, “As far as I’m concerned, to those people who don’t like ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’ here’s a quarter, call someone who cares!”

“Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares” was Tritt’s Top 5 single from 1991.

Tritt admitted he broke a cardinal rule of country music, saying, “You just don’t say anything negative about anybody. Period.” In 2002, the pair performed at a memorial for Waylon Jennings, and by 2004 he had a rump-shakin’ video of his own for ‘The Girl’s Gone Wild’ from the ‘My Honky Tonk History’ album.

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