On Wednesday, August 2nd, Randy Travis and his wife Mary held a press conference at the Von Braun Center / Propst Arena in Huntsville, Alabama to announce “A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis – 1 Night, 1 Place, 1 Time” to take place on October 24th. Organized by Outback Presents who is known for putting together these types of tributes to country legends, it is sure to be a great event with the all-star lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Randy Travis Foundation, which is focused on stroke and aphasia awareness and supporting music education in schools. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 4 at 10:00 am Central Time at the Von Braun Center box office as well as at randytravis.com.
As exciting as this news was though, it was during the press conference that Randy’s wife Mary dropped a bombshell that has Randy Travis fans just as excited, if not more. When asked by a reporter what the chances are that more unheard Randy Travis music is on the way from the era before Randy suffered his stroke and was stricken with aphasia, Mary Travis said,
“The chances are 100%. It has already been mixed. Everything’s ready to go by Kyle Lehning, Randy’s producer….a whole other album of Randy Travis music.”
Kyle Lehning was the producer for Randy Travis throughout his career.
There have been some bits and pieces of previously-unheard Randy Travis material trickle out over the last few years. A 35th Anniversary reissue of his landmark album Storms of Life included three new songs recorded during the same sessions. Three unheard songs were also part of a reissue of Randy’s 1989 album An Old Time Christmas.
But this would be the first time we hear an entire album of new Randy Travis songs. Perhaps the event at the Propst Arena in Huntsville will be a good time to announce/unveil what Randy Travis still has left in the vault. Stay tuned.