Travis Tritt Filled With ‘Tremendous Sadness’ Following The Passing Of His Longtime Tour Manager, Scott Minkley
“I’m extremely blessed to have known him and to have had him work for me so diligently for so many years,” Tritt shared.
Travis Tritt, Scott Minkley; Photo Courtesy Travis Tritt
Country music icon Travis Tritt is mourning the loss of his longtime tour manager, Scott Minkley. The Georgia native revealed the heartbreaking news of Minkley’s passing in an emotional social media post on Wednesday morning.
A Heartfelt Tribute
Alongside several photos of himself with Minkley, Tritt wrote, “It is with tremendous sadness when I say that I lost one of the most incredible people that has ever worked for me today. My tour manager, production manager and monitor engineer, Scott Minkley lost his battle with cancer this morning.”
The “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” singer explained that Scotty Minkley was his “right-hand man” for nearly two decades and went on to praise him for his unwavering support through the years.
“His acumen, knowledge and dedication to his job will forever be unsurpassed. He was one in a million and I’ll never find another like him,” Tritt wrote.
Friends Beyond The Stage
The pair shared a special bond, one that extended beyond touring.
“In addition to being an outstanding employee, Scott was a dear friend to me, my family and almost everyone he came in contact with. This is a tremendous loss that will hurt deeply for a very long time,” Tritt declared. “ I’m extremely blessed to have known him and to have had him work for me so diligently for so many years.”
In conclusion, Tritt wrote, “God bless Scott Minkley! May he rest in the arms of Jesus until I see him again in heaven. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. In remembrance of Scott, please do something special and good for someone today.”
Fans Shared Well Wishes
Tritt’s post garnered hundreds of comments, including one from John Rich, who wrote: “Brother, so sorry to hear this. Guys we work with on the road become family in every sense of the word. We’ll be thinking about you and the boys today.”
Others shared heartfelt condolences, wishing Tritt well in the wake of loss.
Toured Together For Nearly Two Decades
According to LinkedIn, Scott Minkley began working with Travis Tritt in March of 2005. He maintained the role of Tour Manager / Production Manager / Sound Engineer for approximately 18 years and 8 months.
Prior to his time with Tritt, Minkley served as the Head Engineer for Tunder Audio Inc for 10 years, from 1995 to February of 2005.
In a quick glance at Minkley’s public Facebook profile, it’s clear that he loved his job and was thrilled over the opportunity to tour with Tritt.
In 2019, Minkley wrote, “After 10 days in a row with the boss he has absolutely killed it. I’m so proud to be associated with TT. He is a true pro. Most artist could not even handle 10 in a row and he killed it.”
In a separate post, he shared, “Long ass days but blessed to be working with the greatest, most iconic voice in country music.”
Travis Tritt has a full weekend of shows planned with concerts in Chattanooga, Tennessee, (Oct. 12), Tallahassee, FL (Oct. 13), and Florence, South Carolina (Oct. 14). It’s unclear if any of these shows will be impacted as Tritt mourns the loss of his dear friend and tour manager.
Fans can stay tuned to his official website for updates regarding his tour.
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