Travis Tritt (Columbia)
At 39, Tritt is emerging as the George Jones of his generation, an appealing throwback to elemental country music. Tritt’s good-ol’-boy persona is well-suited to the 12 songs on this, his 10th studio album. Among the disc’s standout tracks is “Strong Enough to Be Your Man,” a witty response to Sheryl Crow‘s 1994 hit “Strong Enough.” Unfortunately no female singer guests on the CD; Tritt’s roughhewn voice could have benefited from a softening duet partner, much as Jones profited from singing with Tammy Wynette. Still, for keeping his country roots so firmly dug in on foot-stomping tunes such as “You Can’t Count Me Out Yet,” Tritt need hardly apologize.
Bottom Line: A Strong showing