Upon hearing the news that Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey had passed away on Jan. 18, country star Travis Tritt took a moment to remember his longtime friend and musical hero.
“We first met at the video shoot for my version of ‘Take It Easy’ in 1993. He always went out of his way to acknowledge and encourage me ever since. I’m a better person, better musician and a better songwriter having met him,” Tritt said in a statement.
The 52-year-old singer played a unique role in helping bring the Eagles back together after an intense feud caused the band to go on indefinite hiatus. When Tritt asked the band to appear in the video for his cover of their hit song “Take It Easy” in 1993, the reunion spurred a reconciliation between the members.
Tritt expressed his admiration for Frey, who passed away from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia at the age of 67.
“Here’s a guy that was one of the biggest rock stars of our generation that was never, ever too big of a star in his own mind to stop and talk and encourage and acknowledge anybody, regardless of their stature in the business,” Tritt told said. “He didn’t have to do that and that’s a great lesson not only for me, but anybody in this business: to never get above your raising.”
Watch Tritt and the Eagles perform “Take It Easy” in the video below.