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Travis Tritt's 'Ghost Town Nation' Reminds Us That Country Folks Can Survive

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Travis Tritt's new single "Ghost Town Nation" previews the country music lifer's first studio album of fresh material in over 13 years.

Written by Aaron Raitiere and JB Strauss and produced by Americana tastemaker Dave Cobb, "Ghost Town Nation" falls in line with Tritt's longstanding tradition of blending classic country heart with Southern rock brawn.

Per a press release, "Ghost Town Nation" is "an energetic song that sends the message of making the best out of a bad situation. Filled with guitar-riffs and Tritt's rich vocals, the song rallies for when times are tough, and the pressures run high, to head to the country and focus on the simple gratifications of living life outdoors, such as the fish biting, the garden growing, the fire burning and moonshine."

"I loved the overall groove of the song when I first heard the demo, but what really hooked me was the lyrics," Tritt said in a press release. "At a time when so much of the country was on pandemic lockdown, I think the idea of escaping to a secluded spot in the woods was very appealing for a lot of folks. It reminded me of a 'country folks can survive' theme. I personally know a lot of folks that still do this regularly."

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Tritt signed a record deal earlier this year with LA-based label Big Noise Music Group. He's currently finishing up his forthcoming album, which is due out next year.

"Ghost Town Nation" Lyrics

Well I tell ya one thing that we all got in common
We ain't gotta worry when the sky starts fallin'
No need to panic when the lord comes callin'
Cause it's all just a part of the show

When the headlines are preaching impending doom
And the civilized people start howling at the moon
And they sound the alarms and there's no good news
I tell ya where we'll all go

We'll load on up
Take it out to the woods
Where the fish are still biting
And the eating's still good
Where the garden keeps cranking out
Corn and beans
And the moonshine's running
Cause the creek waters clean
Keep a fire burning
Rotisserie turning
Pass a jug around
And smoke one down
Making the best of a bad situation
Getting by just fine in a ghost town nation

We're always gonna have a roof over a head
And the shotguns locked and loaded in the shed
Don't worry bout nothing, you heard what I said
Everybody's gonna be fine

We'll load on up
Take it out to the woods
Where the fish are still biting
And the eating's still good
Where the garden keeps cranking out
Corn and beans
And the moonshine's running
Cause the creek waters clean
Keep a fire burning
Rotisserie turning
Pass a jug around
And smoke one down
Making the best of a bad situation
Getting by fine in a ghost town nation

We ain't knocking on wood
We'll crank it up to eleven
Ain't no big deal
Its just Armageddon

We'll load on up
Take it out to the woods
Where the fish are still biting
And the eating's still good
Where the garden keeps cranking out
Corn and beans
And the moonshine's running
Cause the creek waters clean
Keep a fire burning
Rotisserie turning
Pass a jug around
And smoke one down
Making the best of a bad situation
Getting by fine in a ghost town nation

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