As somebody who grew up on 90’s country, when I think about the good ol’ days of country music, one of the first names that comes to mind is Travis Tritt.
So it’s only appropriate that his newest song is a nostalgic look at the good ol’ days – back in the days when you could still smoke in a bar.
“Neighbors came by and talked on the porch
We all said goodnight and never locked the front door
Even downtown you could still see the stars
When the world turned slower
And you could smoke in a bar
My oh my, how times have changed
And man, sometimes I miss them ol’ days
And they say we’ve come a long way
But I say it’s a little too far
From when the world turned slower
And you could smoke in a bar”
“Smoke in a Bar” is the latest release from Travis’s upcoming album, Set in Stone, his first album in nearly 14 years.
While the album doesn’t come out until May 7, we got our first sneak peak last October when Travis released the lead single, “Ghost Town Nation.”
And Saturday night, he gave us another taste of the new music, debuting his next single “Smoke in a Bar” at the Grand Ole Opry.
The studio version of “Smoke in a Bar,” which was written by Jeremy Bussey, Derek George and Tim Montana, will be released next Friday, March 5.
While he was in the Opry circle, Travis also performed some of his greatest hits, some of the songs that give me that 90’s country nostalgia like “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “It’s a Great Day to be Alive.” And Chris Janson also joined him for a rockin’ version of Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way.”
From the first two songs, it seems like Travis hasn’t missed a beat with the sound of his music on this latest album – so now I’m just counting down the days until May 7 when we get that full album from Travis Tritt.
Just like the good ol’ days.
Oh, and… gang gang.