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Country Music Icon Travis Tritt to Headline 5th Annual Hopkinsville Summer Salute

The Hopkinsville Summer Salute Festival’s naming of a high-profile country music act as its Saturday night headliner is a tradition unlike any other. And in 2021, as the highly-anticipated event returns after a one-year “COVID hiatus,” Summer Salute organizers have kicked it up a notch to celebrate the fifth annual version of Hoptown’s biggest party of the summer with the biggest name yet.

Hopkinsville Summer Salute, scheduled for Aug. 27-28, is proud to announce two-time Grammy Award winner and four-time CMA Award winner Travis Tritt as the main attraction at this year’s festival. Tritt, the owner of 19 top-ten hits, will take the festival feature stage at the Christian County Justice Center around at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28.

This free show, which will include Tritt’s band, will give attendees an opportunity to hear some of the performer’s biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.” Plan to sing along with Tritt’s vast catalog of crowd favorites like “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” and “Here’s a Quarter” — songs that have created a devoted fan base that continues to sell-out shows across the globe. Tritt will also perform songs off his new album, Set In Stone, which is out now.

While the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience, CMT up-and-comer Olivia Faye and one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” Kyle Daniel — both from western Kentucky — will serve as the show’s opening acts at 7 p.m. Organizers are expecting a massive crowd for the return of Hoptown Summer Salute, which has drawn a total of 104,000 visitors during the previous four years combined.

“Hopkinsville’s biggest party of the summer is returning in a big way, and we could not be more excited to welcome Travis Tritt to Hoptown this August,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “During his illustrious career, Mr. Tritt has become of the icons of country music and we have no doubt he will put on the biggest show in the history of Summer Salute.”

Three decades after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock-influenced artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline started when the young Marietta, Georgia, native incorporated his lifelong influences of Southern rock, blues, and gospel into his country music during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. in 1989.

Travis Tritt, who turned 58 in February, is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson — all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Tritt has 11 studio albums to his credit, and released his newest single, “Smoke in a Bar,” in March of this year.
A roster of major event sponsors will be released soon. Summer Salute would not be possible without the support and commitment of community businesses and organizations, which will continue to make all of the festival’s entertainment free of charge.

Community favorite The Jimmy Church Band also returns this summer, taking the stage once again as the Friday night Founders Square headliner. Jimmy Church, 82, brings his seven-piece band, soulful duo of Sugar and Spice, and special brand of rock and funk to the party for an always-raucous concert.

Limited vendor booth spaces for the two-day festival are available for purchase online at the recently revamped Applications can be downloaded and/or submitted through the event website. Additional vendor or sponsorship info can be received by contacting the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation office at 270-887-4290.

Continue to follow @SummerSalute on social media for updates and additional announcements. Once finalized, a detailed map and Summer Salute schedule will also be available at