|Texas cattle rancher and Country entertainer Todd Fritsch rides tall with his newest CD, UP HERE IN THE SADDLE (Saddle Up Records), which is set for release on Tuesday, June 26. The disc features legendary songwriter Dean Dillon (Ocean Front Property, Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her, Holed Up In Some Honky Tonk) on the title-track duet with Fritsch. “I can cross that off my bucket list,” laughs Todd. “It was a true honor to have Dean join me on one of his songs.”
Respected Nashville insider Butch Baker produced the project and calls Fritsch the “real deal.” Adding, “Todd works just as hard at his music as he does on the family ranch. He is a great human being and an incredible entertainer; Todd is Texas’s answer to the late, great Chris LeDoux.”
Baker brought not only a top-drawer production skill set to the table but “A-list” Nashville pickers as well, and the tracks support Fritsch’s vocals perfectly. The disc’s 12 songs were written by a “Who’s Who” of Nashville’s best, including Kent Blazy, Dillon, Scott Emerick and more. Highlights abound and include the current single, “Calls I Haven’t Made.” This intriguing tale of redemption is active on the Texas Music Chart and debuts on the International HotDisc Chart at #18 this week. The “end-of-the-road” story told in the ballad “Horses He Can’t Ride Anymore” is a cold, hard dose of cowboy reality, while the mid-tempo “It Don’t Hurt To Ask” offers a double-entendre that takes us from a broken heart to throwing caution to the wind. Todd believes the closing track, “That Girl’s Got A Cowboy Heart,” is a perfect description of his wife.
Fritsch enjoyed several hit Country singles (What’s Wrong With Me, Small Town Radio, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, I Got Mexico) and a duet with Texas legend Gary P. Nunn (Every Honky Tonkin’ Hero (Has His Day)) before a horrific roping accident and injury forced him to the sidelines. For Todd, whose life revolves around the ranch and making music, the three-year recovery process was difficult.
“Everything was going my way – and then it all just ground to a halt. But I focused on what I could do instead of what I couldn’t do and that kept me going.” Now fully recovered, Todd is back riding, roping and performing every chance he gets. UP HERE IN THE SADDLE is his best effort to date and can be purchased now at Todd’s shows; autographed pre-orders can be placed atwww.toddfritsch.com. The CD will be available from iTunes next month.