Randy Travis is celebrating his 25 years in country music with the people who made it possible for the legend to have such longevity: His fans. The Grand Ole Opry member is taking his music on the road with stops all across North America. The silver anniversary tour starts Feb. 10 in Grand Ronde , OR and will make at least 30 more stops along the way. (For a complete list of tour dates, visit his website here.)
The tour is the latest part of the party celebrating Travis’ milestone. In June, Warner Bros. Records released of the Anniversary Celebration album. The 17-track album features guest artists who teamed with Travis to cover his classic tracks and some original offerings. The guest singers include Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Carrie Underwood, George Jones, Zac Brown Band, Lorrie Morgan, Jamey Johnson and many more.
Travis has had 18 #1 singles and 29 top-10 hits. His lifetime sales are more than 20 million, making him one of country music’s biggest sellers of all time. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards and five Country Music Association honors.
You’d think that after 25 years in the business, there wouldn’t be anything new for Travis to experience. Not true. What you’re about to read is from a first for him: His first interview session via conference call! It may have been foreign territory for Travis, but he sounded relaxed as he talked about the upcoming tour, changes in the making of music and if he’s finally embracing technology: