Travis Tritt will headline 2017 Back Road Music Festival

Mike Landis

The 2017 Back Road Music Festival has its headliner, and it’s a familiar name for long-time country music fans.

The Galva music festival organizers announced Travis Tritt as the featured attraction Tuesday for its Aug. 12 concert at the Galva Park District.

“I’m excited to have Travis Tritt,” said Tyler Glaser, one of the Back Road organizers. “I think he has more hits than anybody we have ever had. He’s a country music icon. We all grew up listening to his stuff.”

Glaser said the Tritt announcement has created an instant buzz for the fourth annual music festival. Tritt is the first of four acts to be announced. Glaser anticipated another act will be revealed next week, and possibly the final two acts the following week. With an established country music star in place, Glaser said the remainder of the 2017 Back Road acts will try to cater to fans of all ages.

“We would kind of like to get a guy or girl that has a couple of hits that the younger kids would like,” Glaser said. “We really want to have somebody for every type of country music fan.”

Glaser said the music festival, in conjunction with the Galva Pharmacy, will be offering a ticket special in the coming weeks. For more information on that special, keep tabs on the Back Road Music Festival’s website (www.thebackroad To purchase tickets and keep up with the reveal of the 2017 acts, check out the festival’s Facebook page (The Back Road Music Festival) or website (www.thebackroad You can also follow the music festival on Twitter (@backrdmusicfest).

Travis Tritt bio

Tritt is a member of country music’s legendary “Class of 1989” that also introduced superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson. More than 27 years after Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. The Tritt timeline started when the young Marietta, Ga., native incorporated his lifelong influences of Southern rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. in 1989. Over the course of a decade, Travis released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre’s early 1990s boom. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; all which led for Tritt to win Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist Award). Additionally, in 1991, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) marked Tritt’s debut album Country Club as certified platinum. Two years after his debut, Tritt’s sophomore album, It’s All About to Change, was released. Literally speaking, this album changed everything when the album shipped three million copies and all four of its singles reached the top five on the country music charts. Along with his first album, this release became triple-platinum certified by the RIAA. At the same time, his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart. The next series of albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher, scored him more hit singles and led him to amass more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three CMA Awards and a devoted fan base that filled venues coast-to-coast. In 2012, Tritt formed his own label, Post Oak Recordings, and shortly after released his album, The Calm After.... Tritt will released a new project in November 2016, a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar — Live From The Franklin Theatre. The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting. More than 25-years after he launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Last year (2015), Tritt topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for over 60 consecutive weeks with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 35-plus weeks notched in a Top 5 position. Tritt’s compilation album, Very Best of Travis Tritt, which was released in 2007, saw a resurgence of sales that started in November 2014. The 20-track album features some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” “Here’s A Quarter,” and “Anymore.”

(Information from the bio came from Tritt’s website, You can follow Tritt on Twitter @Travistritt.)