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Why Does Randy Travis Go to Other Artists’ Shows? It’s Good for Them Both

Randy Travis supporting other artists
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Following his stroke in 2013Randy Travis was shown love from his fellow artists, who sent well wishes and prayers, and who have helped keep the country icon in fans’ minds. But Travis has returned the favor, too: The 58-year-old has been spotted at plenty of shows throughout the last couple of years, including a taping of CMA Country Christmas, the 2016 CMA AwardsCharlie Daniels‘ most recent Volunteer Jam and plenty of events at Grand Ole Opry, not to mention his own all-star tribute show.

For Travis, checking out others’ concerts isn’t only about supporting his friends and peers — it’s also “good for him,” Travis’ wife Mary says.

“He enjoys the music, and I think it’s good for him, just to know that the artists that are still out there, that they love him,” Mary tells The Boot. “I think my eyes have been opened in that, artists are so busy in their own concerts — they hurry up and get on, they hurry up and get off, they hurry up and leave town — and they don’t take the time to listen to their fellow artists. This has given us an opportunity to do this …

“The artists, when they get through, they [tell Travis], ‘I can’t believe you sat through my whole concert.’ I guess artists just don’t do that,” she continues. “But I’ll tell you what, it’s been a real treat. And it’s always so heartwarming to see the reception they give this man, which, he deserves.”

Randy Travis Through the Years

Travis’ performance during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction in 2016 was his first public performance since his stroke. The singer stunned the crowd by singing “Amazing Grace” to close out the event, after Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley and 2017 CMHOF inductee Alan Jackson paid tribute to the country music icon.

“We appreciate what you did for us back then,” Jackson shared at Travis’ induction. “I don’t think, since Randy first started, that there’s been another country singer that’s come along that’s authentic as he is and was at that time.”

Travis is part of the American Currents exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, Kelsea Ballerini, William Michael Morgan, RaeLynn, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi, among others. The exhibit is now open, through March of 2018.

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