Last Thursday evening the “Outlaws & Renegades” tour featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniel’s Band and Love and Theft made its way to Seattle. The show was held at the Tulalip Amphitheater at the Tulalip Resort and Casino just north of Seattle.
The evening was perfect for this outdoor show. The weather was sunny and just around 80 degrees as the show kicked off leaving the rest of the evening to cool down but nothing locals aren’t used to in summer. One thing everyone appreciated, was the lack of rain and the ability to truly enjoy an evening out to enjoy some great country music.
Opening the show was Nashville’s Love and Theft made up of the duo Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles and some incredible touring band members. They hit the stage ready to get fans up on their feet and moving. Their music holds some old school country with a modern country twist that resonates with fans of all ages. The band has released 3 studio albums, with Whisky On My Breath (2015) being their most recent and a new single “Gimme Tonight” that was released in April of 2019. Their sound has great vocals that blend in harmony and for fans who love to sing along, this is the band to inspire that. One thing is for sure, their sound is genuine and authentic. This was the perfect band to start the night off.
Watch Love and Theft – Gimme Tonight:
Second up for the evening was the legendary Charlie Daniel’s Band. This is a band that needs no introduction and is known well outside of the country genre with their career hit in 1979, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. That’s the hit song that first introduced me to them long ago as a second grader living in the hills of North Carolina. I must have spun that vinyl hundreds of time wondering how anyone could play the fiddle like that. Myself learning to play violin at the time and failing miserably, I was stunned anyone played that way. Even today, I still wonder how anyone is that proficient! Then the follow-up of crossing over into film the following year with another country legend maker, “Urban Cowboy”. The name Charlie Daniels was a household name.
Over the years since this point The Charlie Daniel‘s band has released many hit albums and singles that fans have loved and adored. So as Charlie Daniels stepped onto the stage, fans lit up immediately with loud cheers letting him know he was welcome in our city. As expected, he was wearing one of his signature belt buckles the size of a small plate that read “Jesus Is Lord”, a straw cowboy hat and a fiddle in his hand while waving at the fans with his bow in the other. Long known as an artist with strong faith, he also performed a few songs surrounding his faith and talked about his support of our men and women in military service with a deep appreciation of their commitment in service. At one point during their set he tossed his fiddle bow out to a fan in the front row then continued on with the show wrapping the set up with the classic 1979 hit!
Watch The Charlie Daniel’s – The Devil Went Down to Georgia :
The sun set just before Travis Tritt hit the stage and while fans were waiting an announcement came over the speakers with a true Southern twang asking fans to refrain from throwing quarters or any other coins at the stage during this show. They didn’t want fans or the artists to get hit by flying coins, which could have something to do with the hit song “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares”. But they did advise that dollar bills of any denomination were more than welcome at any point! The fans got a good laugh out of the announcement, but you know where those come from, there has to be a real story of being pelted by coins at some point in Tritt‘s career.
Travis Tritt stepped onto the stage with a huge smile on his face. He went straight into hit song after hit song and had fans up on their feet singing along from the beginning of the show. Having never seen Tritt live before, it was interesting to hear each song performed in his set. His catalog is vast and spans back for decades and hearing what he decided to add to the setlist for the fans was truly a joyful experience.
There were many expected hits, but also a few covers he’s done through the years that also made the setlist because of course, he’s made them his own along the way! Hits like “Move It On Over”, “Take It Easy” and “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” were blended it with his own hits “Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof”, “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares” and many more hits! There were couples getting up in the aisles dancing and truly enjoying the music.
Watch Travis Tritt – Anymore (Live)
One thing that really stood out to me during his performance was his heartfelt story about the song “Anymore” and the making of the video and how he felt like he wasn’t worthy to play an acting part in his music video with the veterans beside him. It hit me at that moment what a genuinely, humble man Travis Tritt is. I’ve known of his work with the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars through the years. Yet, to sit there in person and listen to him telling the audience how important it was for him to be involved in some way, to give back and to use his voice to speak up and help American veterans reinforced how truly committed he was and still is. I wasn’t alone in this feeling either, fans took to their feet with applause and cheers. That kind of selflessness is something that’s becoming rare today and really gives people faith in humanity as well as inspires people to take action. So thank you Travis Tritt for your service to our veterans!
What a spectacular evening of country music. Fans couldn’t have asked for a better evening or performances. This was a great tour and I encourage fans in the path of the last few dates of this tour to go out and support these artists. You will have a truly enjoyable show and get some heart warming feelings all on one great night out.
Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniel’s Band and Love and Theft, you are invited back to our city any time! Thank you for a lovely evening.
Remaining Tour dates:
Aug. 20 | Antelope Valley Fair | Lancaster, CA
Aug. 22 | Green Music Center | Rohert Park, CA
Aug. 23 | Thunder Valley Casino | Lincoln, CA
Aug. 24 | Star of The Dessert | Primm, NV
Aug. 25 | Anselmo Valencia Tori Amp | Tucson, AZ
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