Harrah’s Tahoe takes a sharp turn on Saturday. The South Shore Room, most often a venue for classic rock and R&B, is going country, and it’s doing it with a major artist. Travis Tritt, who has been celebrating two anniversaries this year, his 50th birthday and his 25th year in show business, is stopping by on a heavy-duty tour schedule promoting his new album, “The Calm After …”
The album is, in many ways, an outgrowth of his failed 2007 album “The Storm,” which was released during a storm of its own, on Category 5 Records, a company that soon became embroiled in legal problems and collapsed. After a legal battle, Tritt got his master recordings back.
He launched his own label, Post Oak Recordings, and the new album to fulfill his original vision and celebrate this true calm after the storm. There are a couple of covers – The Faces’ “Stay with Me” and the Patty Smyth-Don Henley “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.” There are four songs written or co-written by Tritt, and the album is co-produced by Randy Jackson.
There is also a new singer on board, his 15-year-old daughter, Tyler Reese Tritt, who joins in on “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.”
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According to a quote provided by Tritt’s publicist, the teen was with her father on a car trip when an unreleased track came up on his iPod, and “started singing along in the backseat. When it ended she had me play it again five or six times.”
“I was listening to her sing,” Tritt is quoted as saying “and I was impressed, but didn’t say anything. When we got home, I told my wife I thought she could do a really good job on this song. We agreed, so I took her into the studio last year and had her sing the female parts. I know I sound like a biased parent, but she really did nail it and the proof is in the track.”
Tritt is also pursuing a slightly different project, a mostly acoustic recording with Marty Stuart, a chum from his No Hats Tour (Tritt seems very proud of the fact he’s a country singer who doesn’t wear a hat). He’ll play guitar and Stuart guitar and mandolin, and there’s a mix of light accompaniment.
The first single from the new album, “That’s What Dreamers Do,” is available for download. (7:30 p.m.; $74; Ticketmaster)
Classic rock fans who miss the usual fare at Harrah’s Tahoe this weekend can get a healthy helping of Cheap Trick at the MontBleu tonight. One of the most covered bands in the business, the current edition of Cheap Trick can be relied upon to dish up “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame,” plus a couple of TV favorites such as “That ’70s Song (In the Street)” and maybe even their theme music from “The Colbert Report.” (7:30 p.m.; $39.50, $49.50; Ticketmaster)