Travis Tritt details his journey to becoming a professional musician
Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Travis Tritt has joined “Tucker Carlson Today” on Fox Nation to discuss his journey to becoming a professional musician, vaccination mandates, and the impact of COVID-19 regulations on his touring schedule.
Before fully embarking on a career as a full-time musician, Tritt told Tucker that he spent the first part of his life as the manager of a heating and air conditioning company. “That’s what I thought I was going to end up doing for the rest of my life,” Tritt said.
Tritt recounts that one night after working, he ventured to a local bar near his home.
“I saw a guy on a little little stage in the corner, with just him and a guitar. And I think he had, like, a little drum machine. And that was it. And I sat down and I watched this guy, and he was pretty good. I sat and watched him for about two hours. And I was like all the time, I could do this job. I could do this. I I could do that. I could do that as well as he could, maybe even better,” said Tritt, who has become good friends with the man playing.
It wasn’t long before Tritt learned that this man was planning to move to Nashville to pursue his own musical career. After he left “I took his job,” Tritt said.
For about 18 months, Tritt worked as a manager by day and a musician by night, starting the day at 7 a.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Tritt said being young made it easier to stick to that kind of schedule, but it was “tough on my marriage and hard on my health.”
“But after about 18 months I realized two things,” Tritt said. “I have more fun with my night job than with my day job. And oddly enough, I make more money with my night job.”
After several months of playing, improving, and landing gig after gig, Tritt considered quitting his day job to devote himself fully to music. Feeling nervous about the potential risk of the gigs running out and being ‘left dry’ without the regular income from his day job, Tritt went to see the vice president of the air conditioning wholesale company to seek advice.
“He said, do it,” Tritt said, “he said, one of these days you’ll be in your rocking chair like an old man. And you’ll always wonder whether or not you could have made it in the industry. music .”
Quitting his job, Tritt says, was the “beginning” of his involvement in professional music. “And I never looked back,” Tritt said.
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