Travis Tritt Looks Back Fondly on Meeting Charlie Daniels
Travis Tritt was on the bill for Charlie Daniels' 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam on Wednesday night (Nov. 30), and he shared his fond memory of meeting Daniels for the first time at a press conference before taking the stage.
Tritt was a brand-new act with his first single, "Country Club," at country radio in 1989 when he and his band were tapped to open for Daniels at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Tritt was such a new act that his name wasn't even on the marquee, and he found the backstage accommodations somewhat lacking.
"They stuck us in a broom closet for a dressing room," he told the assembled reporters, adding, "There was a big cannister of Zep sweeping compound in the corner."
When Daniels came by to meet his opening act and saw the arrangement, he asked Tritt and his band to follow him up the hall, where he ushered them into "this room you could land a plane in. They had all of their equipment set up in the middle for jamming before the show started, and off to the left they had a full prime rib carving station, and off to the right they had a full bar with three bartenders. And he said, 'This is now your dressing room, because whatever is mine is yours,'" Tritt recalled.
Daniels took Tritt under his wing, giving him all of his numbers and inviting him to call any time if he had any questions or problems, since he himself had experienced how hard it could be to adjust to the newfound challenges of life on the road and in the spotlight.
"I've never forgotten that, and he's been one of my dearest friends for many, many years," Tritt shared. "I love him so much, and I'm so proud to be here."
The 2016 Volunteer Jam drew more than 15,000 fans to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, raising $245,000 for the Journey Home Project, which helps U.S. military veterans in various aspects of their lives.
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