The Storm

The Storm

by Travis Tritt

CD

Overview

Working with Randy "American Idol" Jackson as a co-producer and reaching out for songs by the dreaded axis of Diane Warren, Richard Marx, and Rob Thomas, Travit Tritt had the makings of a major disaster on his hands. Zut alors! Far from being a debacle, The Storm is a worthy continuation of the artist's recent artistic renaissance, rising above its occasional power ballad pretensions and grandiose production touches to come down on the side of edgy, tough-minded contemporary country informed, in true Tritt fashion, by southern soul, country blues, and unrepentant rock 'n' roll. From the gritty Delta blues shadings of the opening grinder, "Mudcat Moan/You Never Take Me Dancing," to the lovely, lilting country tear-jerker "What If Love Hangs On" (the co-write with Rob Thomas), and even to the bombastic, B3- and guitar-rich power ballad "I Don't Know How I Got By," Tritt invests his vocals with passion and commitment to the message. It works beautifully, and on a grand scale. With a band including powerhouse Kenny Aronoff on drums and Matt Rollings on keyboards (Charlie Daniels also adds some fine fiddle work), Tritt fronts a lineup that plays with fire but also with subtlety. An acoustic guitar-dominated take on Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Pressure Is On" finds Tritt carrying the day with a hearty vocal that actually heightens the song's dark drama. He closes the album on a righteously burning note with "Someday, Somewhere, Someway," co-written with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who adds his own strutting guitar commentary to Tritt's bone-deep blues howl. How Tritt made all these disparate parts work is another story; for the moment, The Storm will blow you away.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
Label: Category 5 Records
UPC: 0857885001031
catalogNumber: 500103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Travis Tritt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Wurlitzer
Sheree Brown   Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Electric Guitar
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Charlie Daniels   Fiddle
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
James Harrah   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cameron Stone   Violin
Jimmie Wood   Harmonica
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Caroline Campbell   Violin
Joel Pargman   Viola
Sherree Ford Brown   Background Vocals
Storm L. Gardner   Background Vocals
Greg Liesz   Dobro
Michael Atkwood   Viola
Michael Finnigan   Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Travis Tritt   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Composer
Danny Tate   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
Hank Williams   Composer
Randy Jackson   Producer,Audio Production
Donnie Skaggs   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Chad Kroeger   Composer
Ryan Peake   Composer
Ryan Vikedal   Composer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Michele Little   Composer
Kevin Horne   Composer
Weston Harvey   Composer
Jay Speight   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer

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