Randy Travis To Be Honored In A Texas-Sized Tribute Concert

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 15.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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August 16, 2023

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Randy Travis; Photo by Robert Tractenberg

Randy Travis has always had a special place in his heart for the state of Texas. Growing up in rural North Carolina, he learned about the cowboy lifestyle and later, he and his wife Mary moved their ranch in the larger Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here, Travis has found peace and tranquility in the thriving Texas music scene that has supported him through the recovery of his 2013 stroke. The country star’s deep-rooted relationship with Texas will come to life in a new way this fall during a special tribute concert held in honor of Randy Travis’ legendary music career.

Outback Presents and AEG Presents will proudly bring A Texas Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis – 1 Night, 1 Place, 1 Time to the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas on Wednesday, November 15. 

“Outback Presents is proud to partner, once again, with Conway Entertainment Group to salute one of the great artists of our time, Randy Travis. We have a long history of producing successful and heartfelt tribute concerts and, along with AEG Presents, we are excited to give Texas a chance to honor one of their adopted sons,” said Mike Smardak, President of Outback Presents.

Many of the 23 global No. 1 hits that Travis has compiled over the course of his career will be performed live by some of his musical ‘Heroes and Friends’.

The artists participating in the upcoming event have yet to be announced, but Mary went on to say that the star-studded lineup is expected to feature an array of singers who are specifically from or greatly associated with Texas. 

“We are so happy to be able to have some of the great artists that we’ve known in the past. Some may be a little older, some our age and some younger and a lot younger to come and sing some of Randy’s songs to you,” Mary, Randy Travis’ wife, told Country Now and other outlets while speaking on his behalf. “Even in Randy’s silence, he’s still making music and that’s by touching lives, touching hearts, making a difference, and inspiring those that are coming behind him.”

She continued, “That’s what I love about Randy Travis, and I think that’s what people love about Randy Travis is the music that he made. He just left a little bit of Randy in every one of the songs and they have touched us for many, many years. We’re just so happy that we get to be in Texas and do this tribute.”

Randy Travis; Photo by Marisa Taylor
Randy Travis; Photo by Marisa Taylor

Over the course of his career, the “Forever And Ever, Amen” singer has racked up many high honors and accolades including seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is also considered to be one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time. 

As a result of his stroke in 2013, Travis unfortunately was left with a rare condition known as aphasia, which has greatly impacted his ability to speak and sing. Even though he is unable to perform himself anymore, A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis – 1 Night, 1 Place, 1 Time  is a way to continue his legacy and showcase his incredible catalog of tunes with the help of some fellow singer/songwriters. 

“He would give anything in the world if he could stand up there and sing for people,” Mary shared. “He will do everything that he can to support the artists, but we will be there. We will be on the stage. Randy will be there for people to love on, to hug on, to just appreciate his legacy.”

This upcoming event will follow another Randy Travis tribute concert that’s being held in Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday, October 24. Both of these celebrations are coming to fruition just 10 years since the country music icon suffered the stroke. 

“We feel so blessed that we get to still be here, listen to music, listen to some of the great artists that make music, and just to hear some of the stories from the great artists and the fans that talk about how Randy Travis touched their lives,” Mary said. “People always say, ‘well, God left him here for a reason,’ and every single day we see what that reason is.”

Randy Travis; Photo Marisa Taylor
Randy Travis; Photo Marisa Taylor

Mary went on say that she and Travis feel grateful for the chance to live life through music each day, even if that looks a bit different now. Although it wasn’t the journey they expected, they have learned to adapt and, in the process, found a new purpose with the Randy Travis Foundation.

“We thank God that Randy’s still here 10 years later after what we went through. And people say, ‘well, we’re so sorry for Randy.’ You know what? We’re not sorry. Whatever it was that was in God’s plan, you make your music still. It’s just a different way and that’s what we’re doing now, and we get to touch lives that we never would’ve touched before,” she explained. 

This foundation is centered around stroke and aphasia awareness and supporting music education in schools. A portion of the proceeds from each of these upcoming events will be donated to the Randy Travis Foundation.

“Randy Travis’ imprint on Country music is transcendent and artists who have followed in his footsteps continuously ask how they can pay tribute to and be around him. His light shines bright and he is still a force to be reckoned with as a champion for Country music and our community. We have no doubt that Texans will show up in mass to celebrate his indelible career!” said Tony Conway, Randy Travis’ manager.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the Texas Trust CU Theatre box office as well as AXS.com and randytravis.com.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.