Country Icon Randy Travis Joins Lainey Wilson Onstage At Oklahoma Concert

“My mama and daddy ain’t gonna believe this,” Wilson admitted from the stage.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 9, 2024

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Lainey Wilson, Randy Travis; Photos Courtesy X

During her performance at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK on Friday, March 8, 2024, Lainey Wilson had the honor of welcoming country music icon Randy Travis to the stage as a very special guest.

The CMA Entertainer of the Year took a break from her performance to acknowledge the Country Music Hall of Famer and share her excitement over having him at her show. 

Welcoming One Of Her Heroes To The Stage

“I want to introduce to the stage, one of my heroes, one of the reasons I fell in love with country music, a dear friend of mine now…y’all give it up for the one, the only, the country music legend Randy Travis,” Wilson exclaimed as she made her way across the stage to greet the country star and his wife, Mary. 

Lainey Wilson, Randy Travis; Photos Courtesy X
Lainey Wilson, Randy Travis; Photos Courtesy X

Wilson then took control of the “Three Wooden Crosses” singer’s wheelchair and brought him “front and center, right where he belongs.” 

Wilson joked, “My mama and daddy ain’t gonna believe this” as she wheeled him across the stage. 

“This Is So Crazy”

She then took a moment to reflect on their newfound friendship, admitting, “This is so crazy that I get to call this family a friend of mine now. They come to my shows all the time.”

While Wilson has performed on many stages and in front of many important people throughout her career, she wasn’t afraid to acknowledge that performing in front of Randy Travis was a bit stressful.  

“When you have Randy Travis, side stage, first of all, that’s a little nerve-wracking, I ain’t’ gonna lie to ya,” she said with a laugh. 

Showing Her Appreciation For The Country Music Icon

Taking a more serious tone, Wilson added, “It makes me feel like I can really do this and it makes me feel like I’ve got a place in this industry and I appreciate you so much. Y’all there ain’t nobody like this man right here!”

The crowd erupted with applause as Randy Travis smiled and waved before Wilson wheeled him back to Mary, who was standing at the side of the stage. 

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According to social media posts, Wilson’s performance at the  WinStar World Casino featured performances of some of her biggest hits, including “Watermelon Moonshine,” “Heart Like A Truck,” and “Things A Man Oughta Know.” 

Heading Overseas

On Saturday, March 9, Wilson will bring her live show to RODEOHOUSTON, and several days later, she will head to Australia for a run of shows through March 24. After performing at a number of U.S.-based festivals, Wilson will jet across the pond to perform in England, Norway, Sweden, and more.

Photo Courtesy Lainey Wilson
Photo Courtesy Lainey Wilson

Country’s Cool Again Tour

Her highly anticipated Country’s Country Again Tour will officially kick off in Nashville on May 31 with back-to-back shows at Ascend Amphitheater. This trek runs through mid-November and features support from Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick, and Zach Top. 

This is the GRAMMY winner’s biggest headlining tour to date and follows her 2023 Country with a Flair Tour.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.