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Travis Tritt, the hirsute honky-tonker from Marietta, Georgia, knows how to sing a real country song, as witnessed by "The Whiskey Ain't Workin' Anymore," a 1995 collaboration with Marty Stuart that's responsible for more hangovers than the collected works of Mogen David. But that boozy, Haggard-esque number is hardly the norm. The platinum-selling Tritt has always been a mixed-up suburban cowboy with an Allman Brothers fetish, and his oeuvre is laced with heavy doses of blue-eyed soul, electric Chicago-style blues, and Top 40 rock-and-roll. The Storm, Tritt's most recent CD, is definitive of the eclectic work he's done since hitting the big time with 1989's critically acclaimed album Country Club. It was produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson and features sizzling fiddle by the original long-haired country rocker Charlie Daniels, baroque guitar by blues prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and mushy songs co-written by the likes of Richard Marx and Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas.

Unfortunately, Tritt's not happy with The Storm. Claiming that he was denied full creative control, he's suing his indie record label, Category 5 Records, for a whopping $10 million. So if you want to help cover his attorney fees, tickets for Travis Tritt's January 12th concert at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica start at $40.

Travis Tritt, Saturday, January 12th, at 9 p.m., Horseshoe Casino. $40

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