Travis Tritt recently released a live album, A Man and His Guitar – Live From the Franklin Theatre, which features longtime friend and collaborator Marty Stuart. In an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Tritt talks about his lifelong friendship with Stuart, as well as his admiration for a country newcomer: Chris Stapleton.

"I called Marty and asked him if he would be a part of this particular project and he graciously agreed," Tritt admits. "It was so cool because the No. 1 question I get asked is, 'When are you and Marty Stuart going to work together again?' We had so many hits together and we did so many great tours together and we had such a good time together. We're like twin brothers from different mothers."

Tritt adds that he and Stuart picked up right where they left off with the same magic they had years ago.

"We found over the years that we could go for months at a time without talking to each other and then when we get back together we pick up right where we left off last time," he says of their friendship.

In addition to releasing new music and touring, Tritt often pays attention to up-and-coming artists who credit him as an inspiration. One of those artists happens to be Chris Stapleton, and Tritt admits he is a big fan of the singer.

"I love him. I think he's the future of country music," he says. "I hear a lot of people that compare Chris to me and that's always a cool thing. Any time you hear about new artists that grew up listening to your music as part of your influence, that's always a great honor."

Tritt and Stapleton haven't met yet, but they will on Nov. 30 as both artists will be participating in Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Sam Alex is the host of Taste of Country Nights radio, a syndicated night show which airs on more than 75 stations nationwide. Listen to highlights on iTunes or your Android device.

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