April 30, 2002
Barnes & Noble UPC: 027297864528
The Pickin' On series of releases has a simple formula: Get together some hot bluegrass pickers and let them loose on an album's worth of songs by a huge rock band or artist. The series has proved quite popular and CMH keeps crankin' 'em out. Part of the fun of the series is hearing familiar AOR staples being deconstructed and rebuilt bluegrass style. Bluegrass purists no doubt find this concept to be a sellout of the worst kind, but more easygoing fans of the style and fans of weird concepts in general will find much to enjoy in the Pickin' On series. Originally sold in WalMart.
Pickin’ on Travis Tritt
- Country Club
- It's a Great Day to Be Alive
- Put Some Drive in Your Country
- The Whiskey Ain't Workin'
- Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof
- I'm Gonna Be Somebody
- Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)
- Macon to Marietta
1. Country Club (Catesby Jones/Dennis Lord) feat: Craig Eastman/Jesse Harris/J. Swanson/Dean Thomas 3:27
2. It's a Great Day to Be Alive (Darrell Scott) feat: Rollin' in the Hay 4:03
3. T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Jerry Chesnut) feat: Craig Eastman/Jesse Harris/J. Swanson/Dean Thomas 3:18
4. Anymore (Jill Colucci/Travis Tritt) feat: Rollin' in the Hay 3:32
5. Put Some Drive in Your Country (Travis Tritt) feat: Craig Eastman/Jesse Harris/J. Swanson/Dean Thomas 2:36
6. The Whiskey Ain't Workin' (Ronny Scaife) feat: Barry Waldrep 2:23 7. Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof (Travis Tritt) feat: Craig Eastman/Jesse Harris/J. Swanson/Dean Thomas 2:37
8. I'm Gonna Be Somebody Jill Colucci / Stewart Harris feat: Barry Waldrep 3:46
9. Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) (Travis Tritt) feat: Craig Eastman/Jesse Harris/J. Swanson/Dean Thomas 2:52
10. Macon to Marietta (Rick Carter/Barry Waldrep) feat: Rollin' in the Hay/Wayne Mills 4:07
For anyone who believed that Travis Tritt injected too much R&B into his country, CMH has the perfect solution: nine instrumental versions of Tritt's songs that embrace country roots. Sounding like the perfect movie soundtrack for the country superstar's life story, Pickin' on Travis Tritt delivers renditions of "Country Club," "It's a Great Day to Be Alive," and, of course, "T-R-O-U-B-L-E." Whereas a number of arrangements on previous CMH collections have concentrated on guitar, banjo, and mandolins, this collection provides the right country twang by adding lots of dobro and pedal steel. One original track, "Macon to Marietta," even includes a vocal by Wayne Mills, a real rarity in the Pickin' On series. The true Tritt fan may prefer the real thing, but even the dyed-in-the-wool fan needs a little Muzak, country style, every now and then. While few sparks fly, the musicians do a competent job reproducing these songs. Barry Waldrep is a good guitarist and Craig Eastman a fine fiddler, and the arrangements vary enough to keep the material interesting. The only real problem with Pickin' on Travis Tritt is that the album only lasts 32 minutes. This aside, the album will provide satisfying background music for the fan who can't get enough of Tritt's music. Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
The vocals of Wayne Mills are featured on Macon to Marietta track #10