It had been a handful of weeks since the CMA Awards when the legendary Travis Tritt sat down with Rare Country on Nov. 30.
And while the days had passed since both him and Kenny Chesney found themselves entrenched in the controversy surrounding Beyoncé’s performance at the annual awards show, Travis still had something to say about it.
“I’ve been saying this for years… this is not new for me,” Travis told Rare Country when asked about his comments surrounding the Beyoncé controversy. “The reason why I was sort of taken back was that just so many people responded to the criticism I had for the CMA Awards bringing in other genres to boost ratings for so many years.”
A country music staple since 1989, Travis was quick to mention that everyone from Sting to Elton John have come in to play the CMA Awards. But for him, the artists themselves have never been the problem. It’s just the sheer idea that country music needs any help from anyone outside the genre.
“I’ve seen us bring in people that have never listened to country music before,” Travis said minutes before his performance at Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “I don’t feel that we need outside sources to boost ratings. I think we can stand on our own. I’ve been very vocal about that for a long time. I think a lot of country music fans have been feeling the same way for a long time. There’s nothing more to it – we do not need outside sources.”