WILMINGTON — Two country artists — one veteran from the ’90s generation of singers and another that combines rap with country on the modern-day scene — will be touring through town this year.
Travis Tritt has been announced at Wilson Center on July 22, 7:30 p.m., and Jelly Roll will come to Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Oct. 5.
Tritt has released seven studio albums and charted multiple hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” “Foolish Pride” and “Best of Intentions.” Known for his Southern-inspired influences in blues, rock, and gospel, he was among a class of country artists revered in the 1990s, including Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson.
Alongside of them Tritt dominated the charts and won Billboard’s Best New Male Artist in 1990, as well as scored both a Grammy and Country Music Association awards.
The Marietta, Georgia, native released a new album, “Set in Stone,” in 2021, eight years after 2013’s “The Calm After…”
Tickets go on sale to Wilson Center members on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. and to the public on Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. They can be accessed here or by calling (910) 362-7999.
An American rapper and country artist, Jelly Roll, is stopping at Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Oct. 5. as part of his Backroad Baptism Tour. Special guests Struggle Jennings, Caitlynne Curtis, and Josh Adam Meyers will be joining. Tickets go on sale Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
Jelly Roll got his start more than a decade ago in 2010 collaboration with Memphis rapper Lil Wyte on “Pop Another Pill.” It garnered a strong YouTube following and laid the groundwork for Jelly Roll to release mix tapes independently ahead of his 2012 debut studio album “The Big Sal Story.”
In 2013, he faced legal action from the famed Southern diner, Waffle House, for titling his mix tape, “Whiskey, Weed and Waffle House”; it included the diner’s logo. After receiving a cease and desist, it was changed to “Whiskey, Weed and Women.”
He has collaborated on multiple albums with Lil Wyte and Struggle Jennings — the latter is the grandson of instrumental rock guitarist Duane Eddy and country musician Jessi Colter, the step-grandson of Waylon Jennings.
Jelly Roll released “Ballads of the Broken,” in 2021 on the label BBR Music Group, which charted No. 21 on the U.S. independent album’s list.
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