After suffering a stroke, having brain surgery, and nearly dying back in 2013, most people probably didn’t think there was much of a chance of the singer ever making any sort of a comeback. Skip ahead three years and the singer is suddenly everywhere.
Here’s a roundup of the latest, greatest appearances of the country legend.
Back in March, Randy and his wife Mary appeared at a press conference for the announcement of three new inductees (of which he was one) into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The pair stood at the podium and for the first time in three years fans had the chance to hear the singer speak, something Mary had said previously was very difficult for him. It really was a great moment.
Then in April, Blake Shelton surprised the audience during his performance at the Off The Rails Country Music Festival in Frisco, Texas by bringing Randy up on stage with him. “Ladies and gentleman,” Blake addressed the crowd while gripping Travis’ hand. “You tell me miracles can’t happen, you’re looking at one right here man – his guy walked out here tonight. This is one of my heroes and it ought to be one of your heroes.”
The next public appearance for Travis came two weeks ago when Kenny Chesney surprised fans at his Arlington, Texas show by not only singing Travis’ 80’s hit song Diggin’ Up Bones, but by bringing the singer out on stage with him.
Randy looked happy and healthy as he sang along with Kenny.
Keeping the Travis special appearance ball rolling, earlier this month fans were surprised yet again when the singer appeared in a new music video for traditional country singer/songwriter Shane Owens’ song Country Never Goes Out Of Style.
In the video, Travis sits behind a soundboard while Owens records in a church.
This was Randy’s first music video appearance since before his stroke.
The singer’s latest triumphant return to the stage found him at the opening night of country music’s biggest party, CMA Fest in Nashville, on Thursday where he took the stage with fellow legend (and fellow 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee) Charlie Daniels. I haven’t seen any video of the moment, but it’s said the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
As they should have.
This week will bring one more special occasion for the singer and fans when the last movie he filmed before his stroke, The Price, will be released to DVD and Netflix.
In the movie, Travis plays a dying country legend trying to make amends with his illegitimate son.
The Price will be released on DVD and Netflix (not sure if streaming or just DVD) on June 15.
Anyone else think Randy needs to get busy and start making merchandise that says ‘Legendary country singers never die, they just start making special appearances’? I don’t know about you, but I’d totally buy the t-shirt.