The year of “Summertime Blues,” “Watermelon Crawl” and “Indian Outlaw,” and also the peak of Travis Tritt and his “Foolish Pride” track, which he performed at the annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
That year’s ACMs also featured Alan Jackson and Reba paired up to host, John Michael Montgomery’s “I Swear” dominating the yearly nominations, and Jay Leno attending in a gold-studded suit.
Being in the audience that night would’ve given you a front seat to Alan Jackson’s protest performance of “Gone Country” where he refused to play against a pre-recorded track and exposed the ACM’s request for him to do so by asking his drummer not to use drumsticks.
You would’ve also witnessed Travis Tritt and his long locks singing his breakup ballad, “Foolish Pride.” The song was all about stubbornness in a breakup and neither partner wanted to admit guilt, and it was one of Travis’s best writes of his career, capturing him his fourth number one on the charts.
Alan introduced Travis with some kind words and a creative rhyme:
“We want to recognize him for being on the crest of this new wave and still pushing that country music to new heights. He’s still riding the wave with hit after hit, here he is Travis Tritt!”