Craig Campbell Sings Praises of ’90s Country

Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black Top His List

When industry publication Country Aircheck recently asked Craig Campbell about his influences, he headed straight for the ’90s.

Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence and Clint Black all made his list, and it sounds like he really means it when he says they influenced his own music. In fact, he describes Tritt as “one of the most talented artists I’ve ever listened to.”

Campbell added, “If you factor in all the things that make an artist unique: he wrote his own songs, he was an amazing musician and singer. He could do anything — bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll, Southern rock, gospel and country. There’s not a Travis Tritt song in probably his first five or six albums that I can’t sing along to.”

He said Tritt’s It’s All About to Change is the album he listened to incessantly.

Then there is Lawrence. Campbell said his Sticks and Stones album was the first cassette tape he ever bought.

“I loved the title cut and thought Tracy was one of the best country singers we’ve ever had. I still think that,” he said.

Black’s 1989 album Killin’ Time really stood out to Campbell, too.

“I’m one of many who’d agree that’s one of the greatest country albums ever released. There were five or six No. 1’s off that album,” he said. “The quality of the songs, lyrics and musicianship — it was a standout record.”