The first trip through THE CALM AFTER, I was a bit thrown off balance. The opening of You Never Take Me Dancing or Rub Off On Me, Should’ve Listened and Somehow Somewhere Someway gave the impression of a blues style CD. While Tritt’s voice is perfect for that deep, soulful blues notes, that isn’t what I was expecting. The country flavor I was looking for came through on tracks such as I Wanna Feel Too Much, Doesn’t the Good Outweigh the Bad, What if Love Hangs On, Something Stronger Than Me, I Don’t Know How I Got By, The Pressure Is On and High Time For Getting’ Down. I had the feeling of being in the arms of a great partner leading me across a honky tonk dance floor. And just when I got comfortable, the rockin’ country man cranked up the bass a bit with The Storm
THE CALM AFTER is a re-release of his 2007 The Storm LP with a couple of exceptions. Two additions to this CD are at opposite ends of the scope. Tritt revisits the country train in a duet with his 15-year-old daughter, Tyler Reese, on Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough. This young woman is someone you want to pay attention to. Her voice is beyond her years and for someone without formal training, she shows incredible vocal control. The other is a throwback to Tritt’s rock side with a classic Rod Stewart tune, Stay With Me. At first I did not see where this fit in to the overall theme of the CD. Then the chords came together for me.
Like every storm, there’s always that part where we come out on the other side with a better appreciation of where we’ve been, who we are and where we are going. I think Travis Tritt has found that and documents the journey well. This is Travis' first release under his new label, Post Oak Recordings with more projects in the works. If this album is an example of how Travis Tritt as an Indie Artist plays, we are in for some good stuff down the road. If you were a Travis Tritt fan in the early years, you will love his music now as much as ever.
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