Randy Travis’ More Life Tour To Feature Iconic Hits At Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Ahead of CMA Fest

The country music icon’s original band will appear alongside guest vocalist James Dupré to perform his biggest hits.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 21, 2024


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Randy Travis is bringing his More Life Tour to Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium for a special, one-night-only event on Wednesday, June 5.  

Serving as an unofficial kick-off to CMA Fest, the concert will feature the country music icon’s original touring band alongside guest vocalist James Dupré. Together, they will perform Randy Travis’ biggest hits on one of Music City’s most famous stages. Sure to be an unforgettable evening, the show will offer a visual look back on Travis’ hits and his career in country music, film, and television. 

Although Randy won’t be taking the microphone as he did for over 25 years before his 2013 stroke that left him with aphasia, he and his wife Mary will be on stage throughout the show to engage with fans and enjoy the music. Dupré and the band will perform all 16 of Travis’ iconic number ones, including “On The Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”

Randy Travis More Life Tour
Randy Travis More Life Tour

Tickets for the More Life Tour starring Randy Travis with James Dupré are on sale now.

Randy Travis recently appeared at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards as a presenter alongside Clay Walker. Ahead of the show, the Country Music Hall of Famer walked the red carpet with his wife, Mary, by his side. 

Randy Travis and Mary Davis at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 16, 2024 in Frisco, Texas; Photo Courtesy ACM
Randy Travis and Mary Davis at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 16, 2024 in Frisco, Texas; Photo Courtesy ACM

His appearance came just days after the release of his brand-new single, “Where That Came From,” which caused quite the buzz upon its release as it was created with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and served as his first official song release in over a decade.  

Travis teamed up with producer Kyle Lehning to create the song, which was originally recorded by James Dupré but never released. 

To make the tune sound authentically like a Randy Travis song, Lehning selected 42 tracks from the country star’s vault, including the original recording of his hit “1982,” and extracted snippets of his signature vocals. He then used a “surrogate” voice from the song’s original recording artist, Dupré, to complete the project. The AI program blended these stripped-down clips of Travis’ voice with DuPre’s vocals, creating a sound that retains the comforting feel of Travis’ music. Randy Travis played a “vital part” in the entire decision-making process for this groundbreaking release.

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Upon its release, the song landed at No. 45 on the country radio charts.  

Randy Travis’ More Life Tour continues this week in Abilene, Texas. See below for a complete list of upcoming dates. 

More Life Tour Dates:

May 23 – Abilene, Texas – The Paramount

May 24 – Greenville, Texas – Greenville Municipal Auditorium

June 5 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium

June 7 – Wichita, Kan. – Orpheum Theatre

June 8 – Kansas City, Mo. – Folly Theater

July 26 – Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Country Tonite Theatre

Sept. 1 – Panama City Beach, Fla. – Kickoff Jam 2024*

Sept. 14 – Pensacola, Fla. – Saenger Theatre

Sept. 15 – Montgomery, Ala. – Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

Nov. 1 – Greensburg, Pa. – Palace Theatre

Nov. 2 – Newark, Ohio – Midland Theatre

*special appearance, not More Life 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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.