Country music artist Travis Tritt will be the headline entertainment for the 2017 Columbia County Fair performing one show Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage in front of the grandstand, according to John Craft, Entertainment Committee Chairman.
Sponsored by the Hudson River Bank and Trust Co. Foundation, the concert is free with paid admission to the fair, $15 for adults on Sunday only.
“Here’s A Quarter,” “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore” and “Foolish Pride” are just a few of the Georgia native’s Billboard number one singles. Influenced by Southern rock, blues and gospel, Tritt released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package over the course of a decade. “Country Club,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts with Tritt winning Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award. Two years after his debut in 1989, Tritt’s album, “It’s All About to Change” was released, rocketing the singer to stardom when the album shipped 3 million copies and all four of its singles reached the top five on the country music charts. Along with his first album, this release earned triple-platinum status.
The singer’s lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart, building a devoted fan base that continues to fill venues coast-to-coast. The next series of albums, seven of which are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America, scored Tritt more hit singles and led him to garner more than 25 million in career album sales, two Grammys and four CMA Awards. Tritt received two Grammy Awards, both for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1992 for “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,” a duet with Marty Stuart, and again in 1998 for “Same Old Train,” a collaboration with Stuart and nine other artists.
He has performed at the 1996 Olympics, two Super Bowls, a World Series Game, the opening of the Georgia Dome, the final Braves game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and the NCAA men’s basketball championship. In 2012, Tritt formed his own label, Post Oak Recordings, and released his album, “The Calm After.” More than 25 years after he launched his music career, the artist continues to stay true and relevant to country music fans around the globe.
The 177th Columbia County Fair runs Wednesday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 4 at the fairgrounds at Routes 66 and 203 in Chatham. Children ages 12 and under continue to get in free daily. Parking for the entire six-day run of the fair is free. The fair is presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society, a private, nonprofit organization.