Listening to an album at home is never quite the same as watching a live performance, even if you clap between songs and scream "Encore!" at your stereo when it ends. Get the full experience with this GrouponLive deal.
- $28 for one ticket to see Travis Tritt with Chris Cagle (up to a $35.25 value)
- When: Sunday, September 1, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Pavilion at Wolf Lake
- Section: general admission to the lawn
- Door time: 5 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
When Travis Tritt's first single, “Country Club,” hit radio waves in 1989, everybody knew where he was coming from—the chorus exclaimed, “I’m a member of a country club / country music is what I love.” Now, with more than 40 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Charts, five number-one singles, and two Grammy Awards—one for 1992’s “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” and another for 1998's “Same Old Train”—Travis keeps the ghosts of Hank Williams and George Jones grinning, even while expanding his sound. Sometimes that means he gets a little funky. On his acclaimed 2007 album, The Storm, Travis collaborated with Randy Jackson, finding ways to weave country with R&B that inspired Randy to say, “Dude, I knew you could sing, but I had no idea you could do that blue-eyed soul thing!” according to Tritt's website. On tour in support of his recently released an expanded reissue of The Storm, titled The Calm After…, Travis pulls out the stops in a set of classic hits such as “Put Some Drive in Your Country” and “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” alongside new sultry and southern-fried nuggets.
“I’m a lot like charcoal. Once you light me up, I’m gonna burn hot for a long, long time, but if you pour water on me it takes a little effort to get me started again.” In this self-actualized statement, Chris Cagle sums up not only himself, but also his constantly shifting experience in the music industry. The country artist, best known for his No. 1 hit, 2001’s “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” worked hard to make a name for himself in his adopted hometown of Nashville, churning out four albums before retreating from the spotlight to Oklahoma in order to reassess his then-tumultuous personal life. After building the family ranch; meeting his wife, Kay; and becoming a father, Cagle unearthed the naked emotions that found their way into the songs of his latest release, Back in the Saddle. The aptly titled album, buzzing with rocky country anthems such as “Let There Be Cowgirls” and “Now I Know What Mama Meant,” also contains softer, more insightful tunes such as “Probably Just Time,” a musical love letter to his favorite watch. Whether a barn stomper or a barn waltzer, each track displays Cagle’s newfound ability to fuse his signature raucous style with a pensive outlook. Reflecting on his charcoal metaphor, he continues, “Bigger Picture Group and my family have helped light that fire for me. So let’s throw some gasoline on it, light it up and watch it burn.”